Category: Poland

The German 9/11 – the ‘Day of Fate’

On a crisp autumn evening in 2014, I stood overlooking the path the Berlin Wall once traced as it wound around the British, French and US occupation zones of West Berlin like a concrete lariat. Breaking with precedent established at previous muted celebrations, the German government had decided to organise a unique spectacle to mark the 25th anniverary of the sudden & unexpected redundancy of the world's most famous wall. [caption id="attachment_4283" align="alignleft" width="300"] Berlin Wall Lichtgrenze, 2014[/caption] On 9th November 2014, thousands of illuminated balloons on slender stands, stood equal height as the former internal barrier of the German Democratic Republic, lined a 15km route through Berlin, passing the site of the main ceremony at the Brandenburg Gate. Following perfomances by Peter Gabriel and Udo Lindenberg, and to the strained tones of a rendition of Beethoven's 9th Symphony, the balloons were released one-by-one to soar into the night-sky. Like…

On this day: Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union establish a secret non-aggression treaty

[caption id="attachment_3988" align="alignleft" width="800"] Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact (pictured: The two foreign ministers greet each other at Anhalter Bahnhof in Berlin)[/caption] On this day: Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union establish a secret non-aggression treaty. (August 23rd 1939) Gathered around a table, under the watchful eye of Joseph Stalin, the foreign ministers of Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union, Joachim von Ribbentrop and Vyacheslav Molotov, placed their signatures on a secret document outlining the intentions the two powers had over European 'spheres of interest'. Territorial agreements would decide the future of Poland, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Finland, and Romania. The two forces of National buy metformin 850 mg usa Socialism and Soviet Bolshevism were now aligned, having only just fought against each de-facto, aiding opposing sides in the Spanish Civil War (1936-39). As Russian revolutionary writer and exile Victor Serge would assert, the "midnight of the century" had arrived. Nine days later, Nazi…