Livin` in the past by HBG


Mr. Mueller is an author. Our pupil made an interview with him. He gave us information about his book with the title “Livin`in the past”. It is not published until yet.
“Mr. Mueller when was your year of birth?”
“I was born in 1955. Exactly 10 years after the WW2. I was a child of the 60th and listening to the air-raid sirens every Saturday at 12 o’clock. Older women looked anxious into the sky. Are there any bombers? Do they come back again?
I knew that there were two Germanys and we celebrated the “Day of German Unitiy” in our Primary School. After the celebration we could go home.”
Mr C., “You have been in Berlin several times. Can you give us your impression about the situation in Berlin and the other Germany called “East Zone, the later ´GDR`”?
We shorten the interview.

“….1971 I was on a trip to Berlin with a group of young boys and girls of our parish. We want to fly from Hanover to Berlin. The flight was cheap because our government supported those visits to Berlin. It was my first flight. It was raining and it was getting dark. Our takeoff was a little bit rough. My stomach started to prickle. Was it the flight? No, it was another kind of feeling. If the young blond girl sitting next to me crossed my eyes , I had this kind of feeling again and again. It was the first time I want to attract my “Pretty girl”. But the loudspeaker always gave us important information about the Boeing 727 and why our German Lufthansa was not allowed to go to Berlin. Was that really important for us? I was absorbed in my own thought. “Pretty girl” was more important than “..West-Berlin our sting in the communist world..” The loudspeaker was really annoying. I was sixteen.
We crossed the border to the `GDR` and saw a long line of lights on the ground. It looks like an illuminated snake laying on the earth from the north to the south.
Suddenly a big bang. The plane jumped up and down, up and down. The cabin was moaning.
– Air crash -???
Everybody was terrified. “Pretty woman” was crying. What in the hell was that?
After a while the pilot brought the 727 back under its control. The loudspeaker starts its explanation: ”Don’t be frightened, the Reds (communists) wants to say hello, that is our country and West-Berlin belongs to us. Their Mig`s (name of their fighters) like to break the sound barrier if civil airplanes will go to Berlin”
At the same time in Vietnam (Asia) the Cold War was deadly reality and US-fighters and Russian Mig´s were involved in air combats.

1972 I was back in Berlin with our parish. “Pretty girl” didn’t become my girl friend. My first lovesickness. I was depressed. Everything looks dark and grey. Just the right emotion to cross the wall from the colorful Westside to the black and white side.
We had to pass cold basements as charming as slaughterhouses. Big soldiers with machine guns and dogs monitored every movement with their stony faces. Do they hate us? One guy had a question but he got no answer. Only one big woman barked:” Hurry up, hurry up” We were forced to change 25 West Marks/per day (today’s value 25 Euros) into their currency and got back 25 East Marks (today’s value 8 Euros). A good bargain for them.
My heart started to beat. “Pretty woman” wants me to carry her postcards. I carried nearly 10 of the them with me. I was glad and decided to be a gentleman and do not wallow in self-pity any longer. We stood in one line and had to go through the customs. Suddenly two big policemen jumped to the young men just in front of me. A soldier with a machine gun came very close to us. They pulled the man behind a grey curtain. We couldn’t see him anymore. What happened? I asked a man just behind me. But he only whispered: ”Be quiet don’t care, that happens several times a day.”
A bad feeling crept over me. “Welcome to the GDR” just behind the wall. A joke?
In East Berlin the capitol city of the `GDR` we went into a church and met another priest and some young boys and girls who were listening very loud music in a basement. Did they really listen to the music? No, they feared that their secret service could tape our conversation. The priests left the room. A kind of conspiracy was laying over the room. A few minutes later the priests came back and asked for newspapers or magazines. We didn’t have any magazine or newspapers. We knew that it was forbidden to bring our newspapers into the `GDR`. But we did not know why. What in a hell was going on?
I answered:” We only bought some postcards in West-Berlin. Nothing else. Being back we will send greetings to our families.” He wanted to see the postcards and got frightened:” Do you know the reason, why they prisoned the man in front of you?”
Nobody knew. “The man in front of you was arrested as a spy. He took a picture of the wall in West-Berlin and carried it in his pocket. A soldier on his watchtower saw that some days before. He will be arrested for many years. My blood was frozen. On my postcards the wall was to be seen by day and by night. I carried more than one with me. We burnt all the postcards and blew the ashes away.
After this adventure we were glad to come back safely. We climbed onto one of the watchtowers for tourists and could see the wall and the “border of peace” their name for the iron curtain. Every tourist was monitored by the soldiers from the East side.”
….

1989 my oldest son was born. A few weeks later the “Tagesschau” reported:” GDR opens border” and the people were chanting – “the wall must go””

2009 my oldest son asked his 16 years old brother who visited Berlin with his class: ”Did you see the wall?” No, was his answer. Do you mean this little piece of scenery where Americans shoot a film?”
….
Thanks a lot Mr. Mueller
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The wall in summer 2009
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The Brandenburg Gate was in East Berlin

This article is from Wikipedia:

Layout and modifications of the Berlin Wall


Position and course of the Berlin Wall and its border control checkpoints (1989)
The Berlin Wall was more than 140 kilometers (87 mi) long. In June 1962, a second, parallel fence some 100 meters (110 yd) farther into East German territory was built. The houses contained between the fences were razed and the inhabitants relocated, thus establishing the No Man's Land that later became known as The Death Strip. The No Man's Land was covered with raked gravel, rendering footprints easy to notice thus enabling officers to see which guards had neglected their task;[45] it offered no cover; most important, it offered clear fields of fire for the wall guards. Through the years, the Berlin Wall evolved through four versions:
  1. Wire fence (1961)
  2. Improved wire fence (1962–1965)
  3. Concrete wall (1965–1975)
  4. Grenzmauer 75 (Border Wall 75) (1975–1989)
The "fourth-generation wall", known officially as "Stützwandelement UL 12.11" (retaining wall element UL 12.11), was the final and most sophisticated version of the Wall. Begun in 1975[46] and completed about 1980,[47] it was constructed from 45,000 separate sections of reinforced concrete, each 3.6 meters (12 ft) high and 1.2 meters (3.9 ft) wide, and cost 16,155,000 East German Marks or about 3,638,000 United States Dollars.[48] The top of the wall was lined with a smooth pipe, intended to make it more difficult to scale. It was reinforced by mesh fencing, signal fencing, anti-vehicle trenches, barbed wire, dogs on long lines, "beds of nails" under balconies hanging over the "death strip", over 116 watchtowers,[49] and 20 bunkers. This version of the Wall is the one most commonly seen in photographs, and surviving fragments of the Wall in Berlin and elsewhere around the world are generally pieces of the fourth-generation Wall. The layout came to resemble the inner-German border in most technical aspects, except the Berlin Wall had no landmines and no Spring-guns.[45


The New Age

The wall is history now. Travellin´ is much easier than before in Europe. What do pupil know of each other? Is there another wall we have to break ? Read what young pupil get to know of a foreign country during their vacation.

Vacation in Spain – experinces of a German pupil, age 14.

by Justin Engels, HBG

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Personnel experiences:

In the age of 3 years I have been to Lanzerote together with my parents. Lanzerote belongs to the
Canarien Islands and is known as a vulcany island.
We travelled to Mallorca three times, last time was last year for 10 days. Everybody was very friendly but unfortunately there was not much contact to the Spanish People because we have been to the "Robinson Club" and this was completely German.

The year before we had been to a small finca in "Sa Coma". This was more spanish because there were no more tourists around us and we had to go out for dinner every night. My mother really like spanish food so we had a lot of fish and tapas. Tapas are small meals, for example potatoes, eggs, sausages, meet, fish.

In 2007 we were just for one day on Mallorca because we started a trip on the AIDA. This trip was for one week and we were also for 2 days in Barcelona. This is also a very nice city, specially the RAMBLA is a very interesting and funny street. Here you can find a lot of strange guys, playing games, selling funny things and a lot more. My mother used to buy a lot of shoes :-) We had a bus tour through Barcelona and visited the "SAGRADA FAMILIA". This is a very nice and very big church but not neady now so they are still building. Barcelona is home of the football club FC Barcelona.

The difference to Germany is the wheater because in Spain the sun is shining every day. The language is different, the people look different because in spain everybody has got dark hair.

In Spain the language is Spanish. Spanish is a world language. Nearly 455 Millionen people all over the world are speaking spanish. That means nearly 20 Million people speaks more spanish as english. Most spanish speaking people are living in South- or Middle America.
Also the Balearen and Kanaren are a part of spain.
Spanish people are working as a farmer or in the tourismn. Products from spain are fruits, vegetables, olives and wine.