To my surprise I found one of the last segments of the Berlin Wall in a hallway of the Europa-Center.
But only after I had a chat about what has changed there with the old west-berliner security guys about the tacky 80s design interiors. Fun guys btw.
The Graffiti "Osten - East" with the arrow was a westberlin joke: We were living in the only place on earth where East was in any direction ;D
("East" was /is still a colloqiual term for the GDR, as well as "Zone" (Soviet Occupation Zone) or simply "over there" .)
Berlin tourists often moan there is very little of The Wall left to be seen. They are correct - almost every part has gone in the first years after it literally has fallen down. For example to museums all over the world.
I think it´s a shame they haven´t left some segments here in place along the former Westberlin border to make history more experience-able (if such a word exists). My sons used to ask me where the Wall was too.
In the 80s the Europe-Center was one of the places we used to hang out as teenagers ... now the interiors are still there (you´ll might see over christmas, have no intentions of doing a xmas special;)) but the spirit has long gone.
I really am a bit sad about all the changes that happened after the Wall came down - which of course was a good thing! - but somehow many of my personal history landmarks have gone.
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