Life as it occurs is usually far richer that fiction.
I wonder how many Americans under the age 50 know what the “Fall of the Berlin Wall” refers to! Do any of them know what that “Fall” meant and caused?
What happened on this fateful date, November 9, 1989 gave rise to the most crushing defeats of Marxism ever! Yet, Marxism, like evil, has never disappeared from the Earth. It is alive and well on America’s university campuses and in Washington D. C. One of the main reasons no one under 50 knows anything about November 9, 1989!
The world was divided East against West. Europe was divided East against West. Germany was divided East against West. Berlin was divided East against West.
All, a result of World War II.
The world of Marxism called “People’s Republics’, having slaughtered over 120,000,000 people in its 70 years of existence striving to create the “Democracy” of the “Dictatorship of the Proletariat” to sculpt its creation of “Equality of the People” was still surrounding itself with an “Iron Curtain”.
Earlier on November 9, 1989 Gunter Schabowski was attending his own government bureau’s meeting to develop a policy to loosen, very slightly, restrictions forbidding East Germans from traveling outside Communist countries. Mr. Schabowski was a member of this dictatorships Politburo (the Communist Party government management office).
The East German dictatorship had been under siege by many of its citizens especially those living in East Berlin. In this “peace-loving Marxist dictatorship where equality was forced upon its citizens by the Harry Reids and Nancy Pelosis of their day, a wall was built in 1961 around the peace-loving portion of Berlin (the section controlled by the Soviet Union’s military forces) to keep its peace-loving citizens from escaping to the West and Freedom.
One of the most moving days ever in my life was when I visited the Wall Museum at Check Point Charlie in 1994. Google Check Point Charlie and you will discover why.
Mr. Schabowski had to excuse himself for a moment from the Politburo meeting to visit the men’s room. While away, his fellow bureau Marxists had clarified the miniscule changes in the country’s travel restrictions outlined in the Executive Order. They gave Mr. Schabowski a copy of the new regulations when he returned to the meeting. It was to be his responsibility to present this Executive Order to the press and general population at a news conference later in the day.
The news conference later in the day arrived. These were tense times in Eastern Europe. Poles and Hungarians were already causing trouble for the Marxist dictators. Foreign reporters attended. Questions were asked about the details of the Executive Order. Could East Berliners travel beyond the Wall to West Berlin?….forbidden by Marxist Law for 28 years with pain of imprisoment or death. Would the border be open or will passports be required? When will these new regulations begin? Will it apply to families or only individuals?
Mr. Schabowski faltered in his answers. He had missed the discussions clarifying details of the Order. He was a bureaucrat who had failed to read his homework. His stuttering and confusion passed on to the reporters a suggestion that the restrictions were lifted.
The Executive Order offered to the public became unclear to all, including the border guards at each of the eleven, if my memory is correct, check points between East and West Berlin.
Tens of thousands of East Berliners rushed to the check points believing the unbelievable, that the borders were to be opened at last!
Border guards were besieged. They had orders to shoot to kill. But those orders assumed the usual, that the victim or victims would be told to halt first. They pleaded with their overseer Marxists to give them clear instructions how to proceed. None arrived.
The border guards decided not to shoot. Many laid down their arms and joined the crowd.
I had been a student of Soviet Studies. I had studied Russian, taught Russian, and spent much of the summer of 1966 in the belly of the beast, the USSR. I never thought that in my lifetime Soviet Marxism would collapse. The week following November 9, 1989 was to many many people as magnificent as the end of World War II, August 14, 1945.
The Iron Curtain had been broken. In that wonderful week the Berlin Wall was taken apart, in some places bit by bit, by the survivors of German Marxism. May God Bless Them All.
NO ONE WHO HAS ANY RESPECT FOR HISTORY, FOR TRUTH, FOR THE STRUGGLE OF MANKIND TO BE FREE FROM TYRANNY SHOULD EVER GO TO THEIR GRAVE WITHOUT SEEING THE GERMAN FILM, “THE LIVES OF OTHERS”
Learn all you can about Marxism….making people equal through dictatorship!
Victims of Marxism made famous the truism: In Marxism, “The Future is Known. It’s the Past That Keeps Changing.”