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Posted by on Oct 7, 2010 in Arts & Entertainment, International, Media, Miscellaneous, Places, Politics, Society, War | 0 comments

Bärbel Bohley (1945-2010): Toppler of Berlin Wall

Barbel Bohley

The Economist pays a grand tribute to Bärbel Bohley, artist and toppler of the Berlin Wall, who died on September 11th, aged 65. “Born in the ruins of Berlin in 1945, her early life was shaped by the post-war division of her country into western (soon West) Germany, and a Soviet-occupied zone that claimed to be the ‘German Democratic Republic’. But in the end it was not the bullying communists who shaped the wiry little painter. It was she who shaped them—and their downfall.

“The tide went farther and faster than Ms Bohley had hoped. She wanted not simply to dissolve the GDR into West Germany, but to build something better and different: less greedy and more human, more Trabant than Mercedes. ‘East Germany needs its own style of living,’ she would say. But the people disagreed. Shopping, travelling and real money proved far more tempting than idealism…” More here…