President pays tribute to the victims who died trying to cross the Berlin Wall
Between 1961 and 1989 the Berlin Wall divided a nation and today it serves as a lesson to prevent such a thing from happening again.
During a visit to the remains of this wall in the heart of the German capital, the President of Malta George Vella paid tribute to the victims who died while trying to cross this wall.
President Vella said that this wall is a symbol of how the people of Germany worked to regain freedom.
The split in Germany began after the last war with the victors dividing this country into four. But the wall erected in 1961 was a physical divide between East and West.
As a medical student who spent some time in Germany in the early 1960s, President Vella perfectly remembers those times.
“I don’t even want to believe that so much time has gone by. When I first came, as everyone knows today in 1962, we had a look on the other side but it wasn’t as developed as it was with No Man’s Land and the barbred wire. Then I came back in 1994 and the fence had already been removed and a lot of places had been arranged. ”
The President of Malta George Vella led a delegation on an official visit to the German capital Berlin.
At a meeting with German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier at the Presidential Palace in Berlin, reflections were made on the strong ties between the two countries and other issues affecting the European bloc and beyond.
Not far from the Bellevue Palace are the ruins of the Berlin Wall, part of which has been abandoned and today it is even a tourist attraction.
“Freedom cannot be taken away from man because he does his best to try to achieve it. And this is the message that Berlin is sending out today. We are seeing a vibrant city … a great city … a city that is the the heart of Germany, one of the most important countries in Europe “.
President Vella’s official visit to Berlin also took him to the Allied museum, a stone’s throw away from checkpoint Charlie – the main crossing point from East to West between 1961 and 1989.
But for many who wanted to flee East Berlin, and not go back, the story was different.
The risk, the fear of being caught, the death – these are all feel when you visit this museum that is filled to the brim with the stories of history and the people who tried to cross from East to West – those who succeeded but many others who did not.