5/15/2006

Berlin Wall and Walls

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Berlin Wall (Berliner Mauer )

***** Location: Germany
***** Season: Non-seasonal Topic
***** Category: Humanity


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Explanation

Die Mauer in Berlin. Der Eiserne Vorhang.
Iron Curtain.
curtain of iron

Berlin Wall, former barrier
surrounding West Berlin
and symbol of the Cold War,
built on August 13, 1961

Opened by East Germans on
November 9, 1989 and torn down
by end of 1990, as Communism
collapsed and Cold War ended

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The Berlin Wall (German: Berliner Mauer)
was a barrier constructed by the German Democratic Republic (GDR, East Germany) starting on 13 August 1961, that completely cut off West Berlin from surrounding East Germany and from East Berlin. The barrier included guard towers placed along large concrete walls, which circumscribed a wide area (later known as the "death strip") that contained anti-vehicle trenches, "fakir beds" and other defenses.
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Berlin Wall
a smooth stone
in my pocket

A haiku that both Bill and The Heron's Nest enjoyed.
H. Gene Murtha (May 2006)

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Berlin Wall
on TV I saw its fall
in Fall


"chibi" (pen-name for Dennis M. Holmes)

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to seventeen year old son
curtain of iron
is history


Winnie Cross

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the west
sees the sun rise
in the east


Yajushi


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Contributions from Chen-ou Liu, Canada

Berlin 1961 –
walls within walls
within walls?


published on Haiku News (Nov., 16, 2009)



a young girl smiles...
a large hole
in the Berlin Wall

(for Gabi)


Note:
My haiku alludes to one of iconic photos celebrating the East German government's historic announcement made on 9 November 1989: that all GDR citizens could visit West Germany and West Berlin.

The visual focus of this photo is a young West German girl smiling at her father as she points to a large hole in the Berlin Wall on Nov. 11, 1989, while a row of East German soldiers stand on the top of the Wall turn their eyes away from the girl.



summer twilight
alone in the attic, watching
Berlin '61


Note:
My haiku was written in response to an op-ed piece, titled Tearing Down Berlin's Mental Wall: The fall of the Berlin Wall did not mean the end of the "wall in the mind," published in The New York Times today, August 13, 2011.



Berlin '61 is the English title of a 2006 German TV movie, Die Mauer.

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Related words

. Firewall, "sleeve wall" (udatsu) .


. Great Wall of China .  


. Stone wall (ishigaki) .  



. Temple walls from Yonago town, Japan .  



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***** Iron Curtain
Eiserner Vorhang, Germany


***** Wailing Wall
Klagemauer, Jerusalem




***** . Grafitti / Graffiti / Graffitti
Berlin Wall Art and Graffiti
 


. Place Names used in Haiku  



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