The Berlin Wall

Well, a couple of chunks of it, anyway. I have been to what was left of the real Berlin Wall, and the Museum at Checkpoint Charlie was an excellent reminder of what people will do for freedom. I may write a future post on that, though that trip was in 1995, and I’m sure it’s changed.

I get annoyed with people who say that a fence on our border with Mexico is the same as the Berlin Wall. A wall to keep out invaders is a far cry from a wall to keep citizens from leaving.

In a little park near the civic center in Rapid City, South Dakota stand two sections of the Berlin Wall and a couple of tank traps. Each is marked with a memorial plaque. One section was from a section between the Brandenburg gate and Checkpoint Charlie and was donated “in honor of the citizens of Ratingen, Germany (the sister city of Vermillion, South Dakota) and its mayor, Dr. Ernst Dietrich, who fostered democratic ideals and German-American relations.”

I had to post the dedication plaque from the other section of wall for the good Padre.

This one I’m posting for our lovely reader Herself. I found out after my trip that she had been stationed at Ellsworth AFB for three years. Thank you, ma’am, and thank you to all who served.

The other tank trap was donated “in honor of the citizens of Potsdam, Germany (sister city of Sioux Falls, South Dakota) where religious freedom was first proclaimed for Catholics, Protestants, and Jews by the edict of Potsdam in 1685.” Placards along the sidewalk to the wall and tank traps outline where and why the wall was built and what led up to the fall.

This seems like the appropriate way to wrap this up.

5 thoughts on “The Berlin Wall”

  1. I had no idea that sections of the Berlin Wall were in SD. Thanks for sharing.
    I had the opportunity to see the Wall in 2006. We took the kids on a tour of Berlin and Potsdam. It was rather bleak to stand next to it, and read the grafitti.

    1. Beeing in Berlin and visiting in Berlin Wall is always quite interesting. The impact, the Berlin Wall in particular and the ‘German Question’ in general, had on the Cold War are quite interesting to study. I wrote some thesises on the question: Why was the Berlin Wall built?

      I thought it may interest you.

  2. There’s also a section of the wall in Chicago in of all places the Western “El” Brown Line Train stop.

  3. There’s a fully restored section of “city wall” with a guard tower near a state department office building in Courthouse Road. That looks like a section of fourth generation city wall, the style of wall within the built up area of the city of Berlin. The wall in the outskirts, or country part of the city was different. In the city it was easier to get right up to the wall while in the country they had an outer zone fence you had to get through before you could get to the wall itself. Consequently the wall was designed to make getting over it more difficult without bringing equipment that would be noticed long before you actually got to it.

    I was there when President Reagan delivered that speech. He was an amazing orator. I agree with your take on a border along the border with Mexico being fundamentally different. Funny, they aren’t complaining about the border Mexico is putting up along their southern border. Maybe it’s just me.


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