November 8, 2009 |
Valentin Geissler has no memory of the wall. He was just 10 months old when it fell, and most of its traces have by now disappeared. But it still hovers over the city like a ghostly presence. "Sometimes I can see in the city where the wall was. . . . I don't remember specifically when I was told [about it]. I guess I kind of grew up with this knowledge." But the wall didn't play a big role in his childhood, not the way it had loomed over the lives of his parents. The restrictions, privations and other hardships of life in the former East Berlin are an alien concept.
September 10, 2005
SAY THIS ABOUT CHANCELLOR Gerhard Schroeder: He is a strong closer. Long written off as a sure loser in the Sept. 18 election, Germany's leader is now inching up in the polls, hoping to pull off an upset victory akin to his come-from-behind 2002 win. At the very least, he'd like to deny the conservative Christian Democratic Union an outright victory and force it into a coalition government.
December 31, 1995
In his Nov. 19 letter to the editor ("Difficult Drive"), R.J. Warren cited difficult road conditions in the former East Germany. Last summer, my wife and I took an extended trip through France, Germany and the Czech Republic. In the former German Democratic Republic, we visited Potsdam (as beautiful as Versailles), Berlin, Leipzig and Dresden--all historic cities with rich heritages that go back to the 12th century, all beautifully rebuilt. There was a lot of road renovation throughout Germany, as well as in France and the Czech Republic, and we also found the same kind of traffic detours that exist here in California.
November 19, 1995
I read "Das Train" (Oct. 22) with great interest because we recently visited Germany. In your article, there was no mention of driving through the former German Democratic Republic. That was wise. The former East Germany is a land of wonderful people, beautiful countryside and absolute disaster when it comes to travel by automobile. At best, there are two-lane roads in most parts of the country. At worst there are no roads at all. The new unified German government is trying diligently to undo 40 years of deterioration.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 18, 1989
As one of many U.S. citizens filled with hope over the destruction of the Berlin Wall, I believe it is time for our own government to take a stand equally committed to personal liberty, the essence of democracy. The United States should end its restrictions on travel to Cuba. It is hypocritical for President Bush to cheer the actions of the German Democratic Republic while he denies to his own people the right to move freely across political boundaries. ROSALIE SCHWARTZ, San Diego
June 23, 1989 |
Don't expect to see a segment on China in Patrick Watson's 10-part series "The Struggle for Democracy," coming to public television stations next month. The rumblings that led to the massive student uprisings in Beijing caught the TV journalist and documentary film maker, like a lot of other people, by surprise. For that matter, don't expect more than a minute or two of news clips from the Philippines, where Corazon Aquino's democratic revolution took place just before Watson began filming in the spring of 1986.