Oct 29, 2009

The Berlin Wall: Epic Fail

The 20th Anniversary of the Berlin Wall's epic fail is fast approaching.

Twenty years is a long time, but not long enough to settle the feud between journalists Riccardo Ehrman and Peter Brinkmann over who -- exactly -- flustered Party Press Minister Günter Schabowski into making his infamous mistake.

WSJ: "Later that evening [Günter Schabowski ] skim-read the executive order, stuffed it in his briefcase, and headed off to meet the world's media...When did it come into force? Did it apply to West Berlin? Did people need a passport?"

Ehrman or Brinkmann, sometimes it helps to read the fine print.

Oh, what's that David Hassalhoff?

"I find it a bit sad that there is no photo of me hanging on the walls in the Berlin Museum at Checkpoint Charlie."

Let it go, pops. We know that you're the real victim of history. Without "I'm Talking About Freedom," the reunification of Germany never would have happened.

We'd offer you a drink, but....

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