This is our first installment in a series which we will run until November 1989, the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall and the consequent Wiedervereinigung (I just love pronouncing that word!) and the death of Communism.
The Marxist kind of socialism was born in Germany, and it died in Germany in 1989. And so did the Modern Age, arguably born in Germany in 1517 when Martin Luther posted his 95 theses on the door of the Castle Church in Wittenberg.
The Modern Age, including but not limited to the Age of “Reason”, was born in Germany, and it died in Germany on the night when the Berlin Wall fell in 1989.
When our co-blogger Ivan was a young American in 1988, he lusted after the “forbidden fruit” of East Germany’s Olympic skating champion, Katerina Witt! And the Berlin Wall fell around 18 months later. In that light, we submit our first installment in our series celebrating the death of Communism, titled, “Wiedervereinigung”: