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?