Thursday, June 4, 2009


(left) This is one of the symbols of Berlin, and the most definite symbol of East Berlin, the "TV tower," Fernsehturm. Right now it has all kinds of kitschy "ich liebe Berlin" graffiti put on it for the 20 year fall-of-the-wall anniversary.

The square itself is called Alexanderplatz, or just "Alex" for short, and it was the main square of East Germany.

Now it is totally developed, with a movie theater and a shopping mall. Currently there is a special open-air exhibit about 1989 on the square. The banners say WIR SIND DAS VOLK, (we are the people) one of the most famous slogans of the Monday Demonstrations in Leipzig, people's protests which helped lead to the fall of the wall.

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