The Fall Of The Wall

8 November 2009By 43 Comments

It will be 20 years tomorrow since the Berlin Wall was torn down amidst the protest of the east side for freedom.  My morning newspaper is making a big deal of the history of the Berlin Wall, with ten pages of stories and illustrations from the day it was built, torn and how significant it is now for the people.  Darn, I wasn’t born yet when the east side of Berlin started to build the wall in 1961.  And by the time it was razed in 1989 I was already in college studying to be a teacher.  But my mind was not completely focused on the event when the people shouted in jubilation because it was the same year when my beloved father died.  A month and a few days after the fall of the wall, my father succumbed to death. Not because he was devastated or overjoyed about the event, I wouldn’t know he’d feel about it but he died due to prolonged illness.

I didn’t think of relating this event with my father but somehow, reminishing the fall of the wall has led to another event to be reminisced.  I was trying to remember where was I and what did I do during that time when the year 1989 suddenly poked me and I exclaimed in the back of my mind, “Oh, my God!” and started to recall the days that were.  How ironic how the fall of the Berlin Wall reminded me of my father when today is also Father’s Day here.  Jesus Christ!  How all these things just popped in my mind while writing.

Anyhow,  back to the Berlin Wall,  part of it is still standing in the city and tourists visiting there can imagine how thick and high the walls that used to divide the city of Berlin.  Now it’s there to remind the history behind it.

The Berlin Wall in the background

The Berlin Wall in the background

Ruins of the Berlin Wall

Ruins of the Berlin Wall

 That’s how the ruins of the wall looks now.  My father could have seen me with these pics if he’d still be alive.  But I’m really surprised how that year gave me a back-to-back memory of the past, both of the world and of my life.  How about you?  Where were you and what did you do when the Berlin Wall was fallen down on November 9, 1989?

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Marlene is a teacher by profession holding a degree of Bachelor of Secondary Education. She works as a Mother Language Teacher in Sweden. She is a Filipina married to a Swede. She has been blogging since 2007 and she and her hubby own quite a number of websites. Connect with Marlene on Google+

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  1. Khim says:

    Den var bra inlägg!…don´t know much about Berlin walls..
    now I got a little bit of knowledge to it…thankz to you!
    Have a good sunday
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  2. Khim says:

    Say Hello to Beth from me diay….
    na-a sya blog? missed her dugay na sad mi wala nag-kita kita…

    agoy nag-lisod gyud ko ug pangita sa imo comment botton..

  3. This occasion is surely a international occasion. I say that because My morning news papers (here in Indonesia) also cover complete writing about 20 years fall of Berlin Wall.
    .-= Dana @ Online Knowledge´s last blog ..How To Create Sub Domain Name =-.

    • Marlene says:

      Dana, it’s really good that it’s in the newspaper, cos it reminds all of us, even those who were not yet born at that time to learn something from it.

  4. Fall of Wall reminds me of my school days.
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  5. EarningStep says:

    wall with full history , war and peace

  6. willie says:

    I’m glad that the wall has fallen. Good for them. Democracy is the way.
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  7. Wow, has it been that long? I remember it like it was only yesterday :D
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  8. sernan says:

    not familiar of the Berlin Walls, but if that wall is situated here in manila, it would be full of graffiti’s and vandals…hehehehe…

    i’m sorry to hear about your dad… but he is definitely proud of you!
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  9. you writing skills were brilliant and the articles you choose to write make to stick to your blog for a long while..
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  10. Before 20 years we were kids in school. At that time i was not much interested in this event. But now I realise that it was a great event of history.

  11. izzat aziz says:

    now i’m just hoping the wall that divide Israel state and Palestine will torn down too.

  12. priscus says:

    The fall of Berlin wall is a historic achievement for humans. A wall full of hatred and pain pull down.

  13. Diabetis says:

    Wow, sana makapunta rin ako duon.
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  14. Flashpoints says:

    Hey, thanks for apprising me about such great Berlin wall’s history.

  15. Amor says:

    November 9, 1989? I was 12 years old then, grade 6. Nasa probinsya at walang kamalay-malay sa mga nangyayari sa ibang parte ng mundo. Buti na lang may history subject nung high school.

    Ngayon or kahapon pala ang Father’s Day jan? Di pala pare-pareho?
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  16. i was still in high school when the wall was torn down. Berlin sure sounds like a fascinating place to visit and there is no better place to start than the Berlin Wall. :)
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  17. Ruchi says:

    I was not aware about history of Fall of the Wall.U seem to enjoy a lot there.:)
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  18. Sometime it happen in life when we remember incident without our will. My birthday remind my mother about the dead of my grand pa because he died exact 40 day before I born.
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  19. Ana says:

    It was all over the danish TV cause I think Denamrk is connected to the mainland Europe via Germany and its very important in European history. Remember the cold war and the communism it was just like a thing of the past but Europeans learned a lot from their history (war etc.)
    I have a couple of German friends who families were separated by the wall and it was too painful to hear what they had been through.
    While me 20 years ago I was trying hard to pass all my subjects in the University and that was a battle I won. :)
    20 years ka na pala walang tatay ako naman few months pa lang but see you will never forget them.
    hils

    • Marlene says:

      You won the battle and now you have a history, too, hahaa! Yes, 20 yrs na at muntik ko pang nakalimutan na 20 yrs na pala. Pero siyempre di ko nakakalimutan papa ko.

  20. i wasn’t born yet when the berlin wall fell. but i do watch ww2 documentaries and how that wall came about. it’s a good thing that communism didn’t survive in europe. democracy for me is the best form of government as it respects our birthright for private ownership…

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