«Ich bin ein Berliner»

brandenburgertorFå historiske perioder og hendelser har blitt gjenstand for så mange kjente sitater som Berlin under den kalde krigen. Under kan du lese hva flere av 1900-tallets (og 2000-tallets) store politikere har sagt om Berlin, Berlin-muren og murens fall.

«Whoever controls Berlin controls Germany and whoever controls Germany controls Europe.» (Vladimir Lenin)

«People of this world … look upon this city and see that you should not and cannot abandon this city and this people!» (Ernst Reuter, ordfører i Vest-Berlin under Berlin-blokaden i 1948)

“Nobody intends to put up a wall!” (Walter Ulbricht, president i det kommunistiske DDR, 15. juni 1961, to måneder før Muren ble reist)

“Berlin is the testicle of the West. When I want the West to scream, I squeeze on Berlin”, Nikita Khrustsjov, 24. august 1963 i Jugoslavia

“All free men, wherever they may live, are citizens of Berlin. And therefore, as a free man, I take pride in the words “Ich bin ein Berliner”” (John F. Kennedy, President i USA, i Berlin 1963)

«General Secretary Gorbachev, if you seek peace, if you seek prosperity for the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe, if you seek liberalization: Come here to this gate! Mr. Gorbachev, open this gate!» (Ronald Reagan, President i USA, ved Brandenburger Tor i 1987)

“Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!» (Ronald Reagan, President i USA, ved Brandenburger Tor i 1987)

“Sometimes people forget today how many could not leave (the country) for years, how many sat in prisons … before the joy of freedom came, many people suffered” (Angela Merkel, Forbundskansler i Tyskland, 9. november 2009 – i anledning 20-årsmarkeringen for Murens fall)

“November 9th 1989 will always be remembered and cherished in the United States. Like so many Americans, I’ll never forget the images of people tearing down the wall. There could be no clearer rebuke of tyranny, there could be no stronger affirmation of freedom” (Barack Obama, President i USA, 9. november 2009 – i anledning 20-årsmarkeringen for Murens fall.

«My clairvoyant skills and those of (then-Chancellor Helmut) Kohl were up to nothing then. We did not think the wall would fall so fast». (Mikhail Gorbatsjov)