East Side Gallery is a gallery of history. I am not just talking about its exhibits. I mean the gallery itself represents history because it is actually the longest remaining section of the Berlin Wall. More than a hundred paintings were drawn on the Wall depicting peace and freedom. I also think, to a lot of people, it means stories about themselves, their friends and relatives during the Cold War.
When I learnt that a small section of the gallery were removed to make way for luxury apartments, I was really shocked. I can’t understand the rationale behind. The painting were done in 1990 right after the German unification and so the gallery has been there for more than 20 years. I am not German but I believe the unification really means a lot to them. I think East Side Gallery is one of the most representative memorials to this important historical event. Why would anyone think about the idea to sacrifice it?
It does not make sense to me.