Sunday, June 26, 2005

This Must Not Happen

Davids Medienkritik reports the Berlin city government intends to raze this Checkpoint Charlie monument. On July 4.

The monument consists of over 1,000 crosses adorned with the names of those murdered attempting to escape Communist East Germany for freedom.

Edmund Burke said:

"Those who don't know history are destined to repeat it."

God forbid.

UPDATE: Later information is that the site is owned by a bank which is refusing to renew the 8-month lease & Berlin city is refusing to intervene. I'd like to know:
A) The name of the bank
B) Why the city is not preserving this memorial.

UPDATE 2: A comment correctly points out that the American philosopher George Santayana said "Those who cannot learn from history are doomed to repeat it". Santayana was a fascinating man - philosopher, writer and traveler. Born in Spain, educated in the US, he spent much of his life in Italy. He was a generous and clever man. I'm happy that he has the attribution for this quotation.