Westminster College is organizing various events around the 25th anniversary of the Fall of the Wall. As part of the event series, Jeremy Straughn gave a talk on “Myths & Mysteries of 1989 – Why the Berlin Wall Really Fell & Why It Matters Today!” on September 14th. An excerpt of his presentation can be seen here.
Fact and Myth?
#1: The Berlin Wall was built by the Soviets right after World War II.
#2: The Berlin Wall was built overnight from August 13-14, 1961.
#3: Until it was torn down, the Berlin Wall encircled East Berlin like a prison.
#4: For 28 Years, no one was allowed to pass through the Berlin Wall for any reason.
#5: Most East Germans would have emigrated to the West if the border had been open.
#6: The Berlin Wall came down because Soviet leader Gorbachev gave in to President Reagan’s demand that he “tear down this wall!”
#7: The Berlin Wall was opened on November 9, 1989 because an East German official misread his notes at a press conference.
#8: Most East Germans were happy when the Wall came down.
#9: When the Wall comes down, the Soviet Union collapses with it.
#10: The fall of the Wall happened 25 years ago, so it’s basically irrelevant today.
On November 8th, students are building a mock Berlin Wall, which they will paint with graffiti, then demolish.
On November 9th, a sculptor who made our Berlin Wall monument and who is also the granddaughter of Winston Churchill will give a talk.