Berlin Wall section erected in New York

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26 November 2004 , NEW YORK - A 2-ton section of the Berlin Wall has been set up in New York City, a gift from the German government to celebrate the 15th anniversary of the fall of the famous barrier, which resulted in a reunified Germany. The section of the wall, which came in two pieces, has been erected at the Kowsky Plaza in Battery Park, the southern tip of Manhattan, in a ceremony attended by German and New York City officials. A message from Berlin Mayor Klaus Wowereit was read to the audience. "On

26 November 2004

NEW YORK - A 2-ton section of the Berlin Wall has been set up in New York City, a gift from the German government to celebrate the 15th anniversary of the fall of the famous barrier, which resulted in a reunified Germany.

The section of the wall, which came in two pieces, has been erected at the Kowsky Plaza in Battery Park, the southern tip of Manhattan, in a ceremony attended by German and New York City officials. A message from Berlin Mayor Klaus Wowereit was read to the audience.

"Only 15 years ago, this dismal piece of construction represented oppression and a lack of freedom," Wowereit said in the message. "The Berlin Wall was the visible expression of our country's division and at the same time a clear sign of the conflicts of the Cold War that seemed to be impossible to overcome."

"These pieces of the wall are meant to be a sign of hope, a sign of freedom and humanity," Wowereit said.

The Berlin Wall, which surrounded West Berlin to prevent East Germans from fleeing to the West, was taken down beginning on 9 November, 1989, when the Soviet empire was disintegrating.

The section in New York, measuring 3.7 metres high and 2.4 metres wide, once stood in downtown Berlin in the area between Potsdamer Platz and Leipziger Platz.

Battery Park chairman James Gill read a message from New York Governor George Pataki, who said, "This section of the Berlin Wall will surely serve to teach and inspire all who visit Kowsky Plaza about the importance of freedom."

Wowereit said the pieces also represent a symbol of US-German friendship because of US assistance in the reconstruction of Germany after World War II and the US-led airlift the helped West Berlin survived an Eastern blockade.

DPA

Subject: German news

 

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