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Senator Spilka to Host Exhibit Celebrating the 20th Anniversary of the Fall of the Berlin Wall

November 6, 2009

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November 6, 2009

November 9, 2009 marks the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. For many, it will be a time to reflect on what this historic event means for freedom and democracy. As such, Senator Spilka is honored to be hosting the, The Wall, a photo exhibit by The Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany, Boston, in Doric Hall at the Massachusetts State House in Boston from Monday, November 9 until Friday, November 13, 2009.

 In November of 1989, talented photographers gathered in Berlin to capture history in the making. Friedrich Loehr, the Consul General of the Federal Republic of Germany remarked on the photos that are being exhibited that, “these photos of Berlin give a unique impression of these times. They show East German soldiers right before the fall of the Berlin wall, East and West Berliners working together to break down the wall, people shedding tears of joy and taking their first steps into a free world.”

 Senator Karen Spilka acknowledged that the fall of the Berlin wall is also tied to America’s history. “Through our steadfast commitment to our ideals and through the hard work of diplomacy, the United States played an integral role in the fall of the Berlin wall.  One of the Commonwealth’s native sons, President John F. Kennedy, made an impassioned plea for freedom in his famous 1961 Berlin speech—a speech that has resonated across the decades and throughout the world.”

 The mood of Berlin immediately after the wall was torn down has been captured by these photographers with “remarkable authenticity.” This exhibition allows people who may not be too familiar with the events of November 1989 to gain a deeper understanding of what took place in Berlin and consequently gain a deeper appreciation as to what Germany was able to accomplish.

 Spilka and Lohr agree that the fall of the Berlin wall holds a symbolic power that should continue to be recognized and appreciated. There is an underlined ideal that the fall of the Berlin wall encourages: a mood of possibility, of hope, and of peace. Senator Spilka said, “In a world where terrorism is global, and our economic interests are deeply integrated, an event such as the Berlin wall reminds us that peaceful change in possible.”

 Senator Spilka will hold a reception in honor of the exhibit in Nurses Hall at the State House on Tuesday, November 10, 2009 at 11:00 a.m. The reception will feature remarks by Friedrich Lohr, the Consul General for the Federal Republic of Germany in Boston. Guests will include the Consuls General of Greece, Canada, Israel, Japan, Thailand and several state lawmakers.

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