Today is World Freedom Day

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by bernjb56, Nov 9, 2019.

  1. bernjb56

    bernjb56 Administrator

    On 9 November 2019, the world is remembering 30 years since an important moment in history - the day when the Berlin Wall came down in 1989.
    The Berlin Wall was built in 1961, at a time when Europe was divided in two. The wall itself divided the German capital city of Berlin for almost 30 years.
    It appeared overnight, much to the surprise of people on either side of it, and stopped people moving from one part of the city to the other.
    On 9 November 1989, it was torn down and people could finally move freely.

    The World Freedom Day is a federal observance commemorating the fall of the Berlin Wall. The day commemorates the end of communism in Eastern and Central Europe and was designated in 2001 by President George W. Bush. It was created to celebrate the reunification of loved ones separated by the Iron Curtain and differing ideologies, and ultimately serves to acknowledge that the resolve of the masses can shift boundaries, break unfavourable resolutions and ultimately determine the type of leadership they desire so as to live is a freer, more fair society.

  2. That reminds me I’ve got to iron the curtains
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  3. Dazza

    Dazza Eyebrow not high brow

    Hard to believe this happened in our lifetime
  4. Folk have short memories. My kids are clueless about the Cold War.
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  5. Poptop2

    Poptop2 Moderator

    It’s all history now. I think they say we learn from history - if we can be bothered to remember it. I don’t think couch potato Brits care much for anything historical really.
  6. Tom had a school trip to Berlin with school history. Took in some of Czech too. He said it was very interesting.
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  7. Poptop2

    Poptop2 Moderator

    The kids that get a chance to go seem to take it in and remember the lessons like the trips mine have been on to the Holocaust sites with school, but I was generalising about Brits Col.
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  8. Dazza

    Dazza Eyebrow not high brow

    We live about 20mins away from the national holocaust centre , my daughter went on a school trip a couple of years ago , they refused to grant access to the whole centre due to the horrors that were on display , the school should have asked for us to give permission for her to see the whole horrific story - I think then and only then they’d realise and take in what actually happened
  9. Terrordales

    Terrordales Nightshift Admin

    For some of us the wall not only came down in our lifetime but was also constructed during our lifetime.
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