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Glorifying Communist “Achievements”: Left-Wing Newspaper Gives Thanks to Berlin Wall – Der Spiegel

08/16/2011

When Germany marked the 50th anniversary of the building of the Berlin Wall on Saturday, it was a somber occasion. Berlin held a three-minute silence at 12 noon, while German President Christian Wulff and Chancellor Angela Merkel paid tribute to the 136 people who are known to have died trying to cross the barrier. “We bow our heads in remembrance of all who died at the Wall and of the hundreds who died on the inner German border,” Christian Wulff said at a ceremony held at the memorial site on Berlin’s Bernauer Strasse.

But amid the somber mood, one newspaper struck a very different — and controversial — note. The front page of the Saturday edition of the far-left daily Junge Welt expressed the publication’s thanks for the supposed achievements of communist East Germany. The newspaper, which likes to describe itself as Germany’s smallest national daily, can be found in most newsstands. “We’d like to take this opportunity to say thank you,” the headline reads, before listing 13 reasons why the Berlin Wall, which was built in 1961 and finally fell in 1989, was a good thing. They include “28 years of securing peace in Europe,” “28 years without German soldiers taking part in wars” and “28 years of childcare provision through kindergartens.”…

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