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    The Berlin Wall, and the city 30 years later


    I saw another article about Berlin being a mirror city. What was on the West, the communists built in the East, often bigger and more garish.

    Itís also difficult to realize that itís been three decades since the wall came down. There has to be an entire generation of Berliners who have no idea of the darkness that covered the city for so long.
    The story has 10 interesting photos @ https://apnews.com/f4b2ad77132943b3906e2b6cc7d5fa62
    APís story on the day the Wall fell @ https://www.washingtonpost.com/world...7de_story.html


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    I had the privilege of serving in the Berlin Brigade, it was one of my favorite duty assignments. Two years after I rotated out the wall came down, I could not believe it. I am thankful for being able to serve there before it fell, it certainly helped shape who I am.

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    There are hoardes of snowflakes who have no idea what or how dark communism really is.

    They have the ill concieved notion that the government takes care of the people. Well, sort of. The government takes care of the people as THEY see fit.

    "You want a can of beans comrade? Come back next month and we might have some for you".


    Stupid progs just don't get it.



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    I remember it well and used to have many pictures of the people when they were tearing down the wall and the joy in their faces. Guess I lost the pictures in my last computer crash.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Rickity Plumber View Post
    There are hoardes of snowflakes who have no idea what or how dark communism really is.

    They have the ill concieved notion that the government takes care of the people. Well, sort of. The government takes care of the people as THEY see fit.

    "You want a can of beans comrade? Come back next month and we might have some for you".


    Stupid progs just don't get it.
    We could get a day pass and go to east Berlin, you had a exact amount of time you could be there and only a small portion of the city you were allowed to be in and you had to be in class A uniform.

    Two things happened as soon as you crossed the checkpoint, 1) you picked up a tail by the Stasi (East German secret police) or the KGB. There were certain things you could not photograph, if they caught you taking a pic they would confiscate your camera and send you back to the west.
    2) you would also pick up a tail of East German girls that would follow you (From a safe distance) if you looked at them and smiled it just made their day.

    Going from West Berlin to East Berlin was like stepping back in time 20 years, from the architecture to the fashion styles and the vehicles. They had one mall you could shop in, it was top of the line in EG and most residents could not afford to shop there just the political party people and it was all crap compared to what was in West Berlin. Looking at all that the writing was on the wall, communism just does not work.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Crusader View Post
    We could get a day pass and go to east Berlin, you had a exact amount of time you could be there and only a small portion of the city you were allowed to be in and you had to be in class A uniform.

    Two things happened as soon as you crossed the checkpoint, 1) you picked up a tail by the Stasi (East German secret police) or the KGB. There were certain things you could not photograph, if they caught you taking a pic they would confiscate your camera and send you back to the west.
    2) you would also pick up a tail of East German girls that would follow you (From a safe distance) if you looked at them and smiled it just made their day.

    Going from West Berlin to East Berlin was like stepping back in time 20 years, from the architecture to the fashion styles and the vehicles. They had one mall you could shop in, it was top of the line in EG and most residents could not afford to shop there just the political party people and it was all crap compared to what was in West Berlin. Looking at all that the writing was on the wall, communism just does not work.

    and snowflake idiots think it will be Utopia.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Rickity Plumber View Post
    and snowflake idiots think it will be Utopia.
    Socialism is the same all over the world, it’s one big lie designed to fool the ignorant. Just as East Germany had there nice place that Americans were allowed to go, the North Koreans had their fake city on the DMZ made to look nice and pretty for the west. But nobody really lived there, people were bused in in the morning and out at night. Serving on the DMZ you could see the lights of the line of buses coming and going.

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    Interesting for this to come up today. This morning I was in a client’s home and a little memento on a shelf caught my eye as I walked by. It was a little lucite pyramid, about 3” wide and maybe 2” tall. It had something mounted inside and some writing on one side. I figured it was some corporate memoir, but when I looked closer it was a chunk of concrete in the middle and the text said it was a piece of the Berlin Wall.

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    I was stationed in Berlin for three years with the US Army. The wall was the identity of the city. They lived like like every minute could be their last. It was an incredible place to live. Then it was the nightlife Capitol of Europe.

    I walked a guard post at Spandau prison with a Russian soldier for about a short period of time. Within the first couple of minutes, I had him convinced that I was completely insane. When his commander of the relief came by to relieve him, he couldn't get out of the guard tower fast enough.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Crusader View Post
    We could get a day pass and go to east Berlin, you had a exact amount of time you could be there and only a small portion of the city you were allowed to be in and you had to be in class A uniform.

    Two things happened as soon as you crossed the checkpoint, 1) you picked up a tail by the Stasi (East German secret police) or the KGB. There were certain things you could not photograph, if they caught you taking a pic they would confiscate your camera and send you back to the west.
    2) you would also pick up a tail of East German girls that would follow you (From a safe distance) if you looked at them and smiled it just made their day.

    Going from West Berlin to East Berlin was like stepping back in time 20 years, from the architecture to the fashion styles and the vehicles. They had one mall you could shop in, it was top of the line in EG and most residents could not afford to shop there just the political party people and it was all crap compared to what was in West Berlin. Looking at all that the writing was on the wall, communism just does not work.
    I was in Aco 3/6 infantry. I used to get an east pass as often as I could. I would exchange dollars for east marks at a West Berlin bank where I'd get something like 15 east marks for the dollar. The so called rules said the we were supposed to exchange money in the east where the exchange rate was one for one. I still have a wad of east marks.




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