9 nov. 2009

C'era una volta il Muro/4. Un autunno che sembrava primavera. Oltre il Muro verso la democrazia. Berlino com'era, com'è. La più grande menzogna mai raccontata. Dietro il Muro, per immagini. Non fu una vittoria di tutti.


I still sense the extraordinary and elementary spirit of liberation that we witnessed across East Europe in those years — in the Lenin Shipyard in Gdansk, Poland; on Wenceslas Square in Prague; in Budapest; in Timisoara, Romania; at the barricades outside Moscow’s “White House,” and in so many other places.
To have been at these places, to have been at the Berlin Wall on Nov. 9, 1989, is to have known a moment when all the calculations of power and politics are overwhelmed by a single-minded quest.
Call it freedom.
(A Fateful Day, and the East Tasted Freedom)

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