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126,255.  Donald Trump to Angela Merkel: You guys in Berlin had a terrific wall.  Patrick Chappatte, The New York Times cartoon

 

 

22,847.  Berlin ... is today a monument of ruins ... a colorless drab city.  (GBH Films & Berlin)  Berlin Express 1948 starring Robert Ryan & Merle Oberon & Lucien Ballard & Charles Korvin & Paul Lukas & Robert Coote & Reinhold Schunzel, director Jacques Tourneur, commentary

 

 

23,491.  Get him to pop over to Berlin.  Good.  (Spy Films & Berlin)  The Quiller Memorandum 1966 starring George Segal & Alec Guinness & Max von Sydow & Senta Berger & George Sanders & Robert Helpmann & Robert Flemyng et al, director Michael Anderson, spies over pleasant pheasant lunch

 

 

27,882.  Albert Speer delivered the spectacle Hitler demanded.  He became the dictator’s confidant.  Few enjoyed such intimate access ... In 1937 Hitler entrusted his architect with the reconfiguration of Berlin.  (Nazi & Berlin)  Nazi Secrets: Albert Speer Unmasked

 

 

34,296.  Freedom has many difficulties and democracy is not perfect, but we have never had to put a wall up to keep our people in, to prevent them from leaving us ... While the wall is the most obvious and vivid demonstration of the failures of the Communist system, for all the world to see, we take no satisfaction in it, for it is, as your Mayor has said, an offense not only against history but an offense against humanity, separating families, dividing husbands and wives and brothers and sisters, and dividing a people who wish to be joined together.  (Kennedy & Freedom & Berlin)  John F Kennedy, June 1963 Berlin

 

34,297.  You live in a defended island of freedom, but your life is part of the main.  So let me ask you as I close, to lift your eyes beyond the dangers of today, to the hopes of tomorrow, beyond the freedom merely of this city of Berlin, or your country of Germany, to the advance of freedom everywhere, beyond the wall to the day of peace with justice, beyond yourselves and ourselves to all mankind.  (Kennedy & Berlin)  ibid.

 

34,298.  Freedom is indivisible, and when one man is enslaved, all are not free.  When all are free, then we can look forward to that day when this city will be joined as one and this country and this great Continent of Europe in a peaceful and hopeful globe.  When that day finally comes, as it will, the people of West Berlin can take sober satisfaction in the fact that they were in the front lines for almost two decades.  All free men, wherever they may live, are citizens of Berlin, and, therefore, as a free man, I take pride in the words ‘Ich bin ein Berliner’.  (Kennedy & Berlin)  ibid.

 

 

47,894.  Berlin decided to clean up its act, and made plans to replace this time-consuming tram journey with a modern rail link and a modern train.  And the most modern of all these trains were powered not by steam but by 1898 onwards by electricity.  (Railways & Berlin)  Ronald Top, More Industrial Revelations: Europe - The City

 

 

49,072.  But they may be thinking they can either bargain Berlin and Cuba against each other, or that they can provoke us into the kind of action in Cuba which would give an umbrella for them to take action with respect to Berlin.  If they can provoke us into taking the first overt action then the world would be confused and they would have what they would consider justification for making a move somewhere else.  For the first time I am beginning really to wonder whether Mr Khrushchev is entirely rational about Berlin because if they shoot those missiles we are in general nuclear war.  (Nuclear & Cold War & Berlin & Cuba)  Dean Rusk, Secretary of State

 

 

65,032.  Nobody intends to put up a Wall.  Walter Ulbricht, leader of GDR 15th June 1961

 

 

65,033.  Everyone has his place in the German Democratic Republic, regardless of his political views or his religion.  Erich Honecker

 

 

65,034.  The wall of the East will fall, thunder and lightning.  Nostradamus V:81

 

 

33,692.  General Secretary Gorbachev, if you seek peace, if you seek prosperity for the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe, if you seek liberalization, Come here to this gate!  Mr Gorbachev, open this gate!  Mr Gorbachev, tear down this wall!  (Reagan & Cold War & Berlin)  Ronald Reagan

 

 

65,035.  I learnt in the morning, quite early in the morning they reported it to me.  My people were in a hurry to let me know.  We had been expecting it to happen.  It could have happened at any time.  It was brought about by the Germans themselves.  No-one was making them do it.  No-one was pressuring Honecker.  I took note of the report; it came from the East German ambassador, and it really moved us on to a new phase.  Not that I was enthusiastic about it.  But I accepted that it was something that had to happen.  We understood that the time was coming for the German problem to be addressed.  Mikhail Gorbachev, General Secretary Soviet Communist Party 1989, interview Brian Hanrahan

 

 

65,036.  This is the middle of the checkpoint.  The gates have been opened.  The police are making no attempt to stop people as they go through and come back.  I have never seen such elation.  Brian Hanrahan, BBC News

 

 

65,037.  In November 1989 the Berlin Wall collapsed and the Cold War was finally over.  A new era of freedom had begun.  But the shape that freedom was going to take would be defined by the victors – the West ... The idea of freedom that had now become dominant in the West was deeply rooted in the suspicion and paranoia of the Cold War.  (Berlin & Cold War & Freedom)  Adam Curtis, The Trap I: Fuck You, Buddy

 

 

65,038.  Berlin is poor but sexy.  Klaus Wowereit, mayor interview 2004

 

 

65,039.  I still keep a suitcase in Berlin.  Marlene Dietrich, 1957 song

 

 

65,040.  Berlin is the newest city I have come across.  Even Chicago would appear old and gray by comparison.  Mark Twain

 

 

65,041.  This is the story of a wall.  It’s the story of a dictatorship.  Of the construction and collapse of a system.  Of the arms race between the builders of the Wall and their opponents the escapers.  And it’s the story of a symbol.  The Western gateway to the Cold War.  (Berlin & Cold War)  Rise and Fall of the Berlin Wall 1/2

 

65,042.  Berlin will be under joint military administration.  It’s a recipe for tension.  Defeated Germany is now split between four victorious allies: in the west France, Britain and the USA; in the east Soviet Russia.  And in the middle of the Soviet zone Berlin is divided again.  (Berlin & Cold War)  ibid.

 

65,043.  From 1949 there were two German states: east and west.  (Berlin & Cold War)  ibid.

 

65,044.  Seventy-seven east-west crossings are sealed inside the city.  (Berlin & Cold War)  ibid.

 

65,045.  And then a propaganda war begins.  (Berlin & Cold War)  ibid.

 

65,046.  By 1964 more than seventy tunnels had been dug from east to west and from west to east freeing more than two hundred and fifty people.  (Berlin & Cold War)  ibid.

 

 

65,047.  The Cold War is heating up.  In the 1970s the Soviet Union staged missiles in East Germany.  The Americans plan to do the same in West Germany.  (Berlin & Cold War)  Rise and Fall of the Berlin Wall 2/2

 

65,048.  The watchtower, the rear wall, the bed of nails, the electrified barbed- wire fence, dogs, alarm wires, and there’s a trap for the guards too.  (Berlin & Cold War)  ibid.

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