[Surfnetkids: 31 Jul 2013] Berlin Wall

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#1. July 31, 2013

Barbara J. Feldman
Dear Reader,

It’s too beautiful outside to sit at my computer and strain to think of something meaningful to say, so I am going to cheat a little a grab a quote from Light a Fire. I searched for “sunshine” and found this:

“Far away, there in the sunshine are my highest aspirations. I may not reach them, but I can look up and see their beauty, believe in them, and try to follow where they lead.” ~~ Louisa May Alcott

See ya on the Net,
Barbara J. Feldman
"Surfing the Net with Kids"

#2. Berlin Wall

by Barbara J. Feldman

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In 1945, after World War II, Germany was divided by the victors into two countries. East Germany was controlled by the communist regime of the Soviet Union. West Germany was a democracy supported by the U.S. The former capital city of Berlin, although it was entirely within East German borders, was also partitioned in two. In 1961, the East Germans erected a 103-mile barrier to separate East Berlin from West Berlin. The Berlin Wall blocked free access in both directions for twenty-eight years. In November 1989, the Wall was opened, and East German citizens could once again travel without restriction to the West.

Berlin Wall Memorial
Located in the middle of the city, the Berlin Wall Memorial “contains the last piece of Berlin Wall with the preserved grounds behind it and is thus able to convey an impression of how the border fortifications developed until the end of the 1980s.” You can visit it virtually, via video, photographs and articles that cover everything from the construction of the wall, to its fall and eventual demolition.

Chris De Witt’s Berlin Wall Site
“A few steps. From one world to the other. We are in pre-1990 Berlin, Friedrichstrasse, Checkpoint Charlie. Our world has Coca-Cola, Mercedes cars, holidays abroad, and changing governments. A few meters up the street, we enter their world of state-owned factories, grey apartment blocks, an imposed monolithic government and a command economy selling pale imitations of popular western products.” Chris De Witt writes about his fascination with the Berlin Wall and his travels there during the eighties.

PBS Newshour: Kennedy and Reagan at the Berlin Wall
On June 26, 1963, in the shadow of the Berlin Wall, President John F. Kennedy delivered a speech that paid tribute to the Berliners’ quest for freedom. The crowd roared with approval upon hearing the President’s dramatic words, “Ich bin ein Berliner” (I am a Berliner). Twenty- four years later, President Ronald Reagan made an appearance at the Berlin Wall and challenged Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev to “tear down this wall” to demonstrate his commitment to profound change.

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