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The Berlin Wall mentality, reconsidered

In 1986, when I returned to New York City after living in West Berlin for a long time, a lot of people asked me “When will they tear down the Wall?”

There is something typically American about this question. Behind the question was the implicit assumption that, eventually, the two Germanies would be re-united. You might call it hopeful. Others might call it naive.

However, that wasn’t the mentality in Germany at the time. Continue Reading