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Thirty years since the Wall fell

Trabant breaking through from the east

The wall came down on 9 November 1989. New openings appeared quickly as Berliners dived in to destroy and to claim souvenirs. But a few stretches have been kept as reminders and much of this was painted by talented street artists in 1990.

Thierry Noir is recognised as the first to add his art to the Berlin Wall. During the 1980s, he illegally painted the western side of the Berlin Wall with his bold, cartoonish facial images, evading police and security.

Now over to all of you. Do come and join us in our Saturday six-word musings.

I’ll admit that many of us openly break the numeric rule and share far more words (all excellent of course!) so the key rule is to have a title of six words – and then create around that the post that you desire! Perhaps in bunches of 6 words if you’re feeling inspired.

To join the challenge, please put a link in your post to the URL of this post. Then come back here and leave us a comment. If you have any problems with linking, just put your own URL into the comment. And do feel free to socialise digitally – tweet, instagram, flickr, etc. with the hashtags #SixWordSaturday and #6WS.



Copyright Debbie Smyth, 9 November 2019

Posted as part of Six Word Saturday

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  1. I wanted to take a picture of the piece of wall we have on Platz der Deutschen Einheit. Irony: There was a festival and it was behind a canvas. People at times are so dumb here…
    I remember the day very well. I only saw it on TV, being in the West, some 300 km away.


  2. It hardly seems possible it was 30 years ago and yet it was something I never thought would happen in my lifetime! I know the struggles were, and perhaps still are, difficult due to the enormous gap (in all ways) between the two countries. But it was certainly a momentous moment and time.

    My six words and photo are for a relaxed Saturday morning vibe. 🙂


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  3. Again your post pushed me to publish a sixer I hadn’t planned (no problem with that). If you had asked me 30 years and a week ago whether I could see a unified Germany I would have answered – no. We knew that there was something happening but how momentous these changes would be – I had no idea. I am of a generation that up to this point only new two German states, I had no personal connection to the other side, I had accepted it as reality and didn’t give it much thought. In fairness, we lived in South Africa at the time and were very much involved in the changes that were happening there, it was – of course – before the internet and information reached us mainly through South African tv and weekly magazines. – Anyway, here is a photo that would not have been possible without these momentous events:

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    • They did an incredible job on unification. I’m sure it wasn’t as easy as it looks to us outsiders now, but when I visit I often try to work out if I’m “east or west”. I visited when the wall was up so some parts I know, but the only other clue I’ve found is the architecture of new builds during the wall era.

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