Today is 20th anniversary of the Fall of the Berlin Wall. While twittering this morning I discovered that most people in the world don’t know what that meant for us as Germans or perhaps they just don’t care.
The separation of Germany not only divided the country but also split families and friends for 40 years. I was born in the GDR (East Germany), a country that no longer exists, and I’m happy that we now have a united Germany. It’s not like living in the GDR was bad in my personal case. We had everything we needed and I was really young (I was born in 1985) so I didn’t care what political system ruled but I know it was not as easy for all the people living in that country.
Like most others, my family had problems too. My grandpa lost track of his 2 brothers and his sister while he was on flight from
East Prussia to Germany. There were to many refugees and as you can see on this pictures it was a total chaos. When my grandpa reached Germany he not only had to bury his mother but he also had no idea where the rest of his family was. He was alone and had no other option than to make himself a new home. He met my grandma and they were happy together with kids and all that stuff. After many years a message from his brother reached him and he couldn’t believe that he still had a family. And yep, you guess right his brother lived in West Germany. He told my grandpa that he also found the third brother who also lived on the west side of the border. After a so long time my grandpa saw the possibility of seeing his siblings again but it was never that easy. Before the Berlin wall went down they were only able to see each other on two occasions. One time his brother was allowed to visit us and the other time my grandpa was allowed to go to a birthday celebration of his brother. As my grandpa tried to return home he stayed three days in “prison” because the authorities thought he was a spy (his brother had a job for the police of West Germany at that time).
To this day they have not been able to locate their sister but grandpa’s brother is still searching for her.
This is just one of the millions of family stories and I hope you can now see why this is such a big deal for us.
People were happy on this day but they were also afraid that this decision wouldn’t last. Luckily it did!
I’m happy that we no longer have that Wall dividing us and that we are ONE country again.
My greatest hope is that the wall in the heads of people will fall down too.
I hope you all have a wonderful day!