…is a line from a 1993 Living Colour song, and a sentiment that was likely on the minds of many Germans when the Berlin Wall finally did fall, 20 years ago today. The anniversary is being noted by news… outlets… all… over… the… world. If you get a chance, check out the excellent movie The Lives of Others, which deals with the spying that the East German Stasi did on its own citizens prior to reunification. Today, Germans can request to review any files that the Stasi compiled on them, which is no doubt a chilling experience.
And an interesting computer science problem, it turns out. The Stasi made a hasty attempt to destroy many of their records through shredding and old-fashioned ripping paper up by hand. Software is now being used to recreate the original documents from scanned images of the pieces.
Meanwhile, the fall of the wall and the demise of Communist governments across Eastern Europe inspired a lot of optimism in early 1990s music. Classics include:
“Right Here, Right Now” by Jesus Jones
“Wind of Change” by the Scorpions
“Crazy” by Seal
Finally, as with all such significant historical events, people are still debating what the real outcome of it was.