Advent Calendar 13 december 2017

  • Fragment of the Berlin Wall in front of the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, California, USA; Photo: © John Martorano/Ronald Reagan Presidential Library
    Fragment of the Berlin Wall in front of the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, California, USA;
  • 2|9  Just a year after the fall of the Wall a monument with original segments of the Wall was erected in the Parque de Berlín in Madrid. © Fanny Heidenreich
    2|9 Just a year after the fall of the Wall a monument with original segments of the Wall was erected in the Parque de Berlín in Madrid.
  • Since March 2014, five Wall segments have stood in the Peace Park of Uijeongbu, Republic of Korea. © Tobias Dollase/Bundesstiftung zur Aufarbeitung der SED-Diktatur
    Since March 2014, five Wall segments have stood in the Peace Park of Uijeongbu, Republic of Korea.
  • Part of the Berlin Wall on the Hawaii Community College campus in Honolulu, Hawaii; © Kevin W. Smith
    Part of the Berlin Wall on the Hawaii Community College campus in Honolulu, Hawaii;
  • Fragment of the Berlin Wall in the “Zemlyanoy Val” park in front of the Andrei Sakharov Centre in Moscow; © Rainer Eppelmann / Bundesstiftung zur Aufarbeitung der SED-Diktatur
    Fragment of the Berlin Wall in the “Zemlyanoy Val” park in front of the Andrei Sakharov Centre in Moscow;
  • A fragment can likewise be seen at Monaco railway station. Even intensive research was unable to explain when it ended up in the Principality. © Elena Codecà
    A fragment can likewise be seen at Monaco railway station. Even intensive research was unable to explain when it ended up in the Principality.
  • The segment in front of the Imperial War Museum in London originates directly from the Brandenburg Gate; © Fanny Heidenreich
    The segment in front of the Imperial War Museum in London originates directly from the Brandenburg Gate;
  • Ever since 2004, part of the wall has been standing in Léopold Park in Brussels. A small plaque commemorates the division of Germany and of Europe. © Jens Schöne
    Ever since 2004, part of the wall has been standing in Léopold Park in Brussels. A small plaque commemorates the division of Germany and of Europe.
  • Since 2013, one segment of the Berlin Wall has been part of the “Post-Bloc” complex of buildings in Tirana; © A. Kaminsky/Bundesstif. zur Aufarb. der SED-Diktatur
    Since 2013, one segment of the Berlin Wall has been part of the “Post-Bloc” complex of buildings in Tirana;
  • When the “Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center” was opened in 1998, Daimler-Benz gave a gift of a segment of Berlin Wall; © Kelly Cutchin
    When the “Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center” was opened in 1998, Daimler-Benz gave a gift of a segment of Berlin Wall;

The Wall through Berlin was a symbol of separation for decades: a geographic barrier dividing the German nation as well as the soul of the German people. Some segments of the Wall have been preserved to this day to remind people all over the world of the days of divided Germany. In the article “Berlin Wall Around the World: A Symbol of Freedom”, the Goethe-Institut explores the relevance of the Wall to our day and age.

WHAT DOES FREEDOM MEAN TO YOU?

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Each one of us has an understanding of "freedom". For example it can be connected with independence, respect or the freedom of opinion. You also mentioned these associations - and many more - in your comments, creating an inspiring collection of your thoughts about "freedom."

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Tuerchen 13: Wordclouds Goethe-Institut / Wordclouds.com