Manny P. here…
The 20th anniversary of the The Berlin Wall coming down is practically upon us. In my book Forgotten Hollywood Forgotten History, I remind readers about the impact Ronald Reagan had when he faced down the former Soviet Union at the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin. The chapter on Ward Bond is loaded with insight because of my reference to the Communist red-scare hysteria of the 1950′s which led to the eventual political confrontation between the Eastern bloc and the Free World. The Berlin Wall built in 1961 came to symbolize the global rift of ideas and the seperation of one people. Thankfully, the wall was torn down in early November of 1989. The History Channel just did a very thoughtful documentary on the personal human stories of the Wall
Now, there are worldwide celebrations to commerate the 20th anniversary of the elimination of The Berlin Wall. U2 and Jay-Z just performed for the German people at the exact site. Southern California is also recognizing this important victory for freedom. Portions of the wall can be viewed at local museums in L.A. and Orange County including the Richard Nixon Library.
Laurie and I saw the display when we visited the Nixon Library on Presidents Day. It’s quite sobering to view portions of The Berlin Wall up close. This is a fragment of history that should never be forgotten.
On a personal note, it was on this excursion that I met Sheryn Hara from the Book Publishers Network. I feel blessed for this fortunate chance encounter (since they’ve ultimately helped me publish my book).
Until next time> “never forget“