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June 21, 1988 | By W. Speers, Inquirer Staff Writer Contributing to this report were the Associated Press, United Press International, Reuters and the New York Daily News
As Michael Jackson was singing on one side of the Berlin Wall, havoc reportedly was playing on the other. Witnesses said yesterday that East German security forces used electric cattle prods to attack camera crews and youths gathered near the Berlin Wall Sunday to hear the pop star's concert about 200 yards away in West Berlin. The trouble apparently broke out when shouts of "The wall must go" wafted from the crowd of about 5,000 gathered at the wall. Sources said that the protesters were encircled quickly, and that some were dragged off by the hair.
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December 22, 1989 | By Ramona Smith, Daily News Staff Writer
Those tiny chunks of the Berlin Wall are hot items in some area department stores this season. But they're not hot with hazardous asbestos, as far as tests by Philadelphia's city air pollution lab have been able to find. Unlike a piece of the wall tested recently in Oklahoma, a sample of the stuff being sold in stores in Philadelphia came up clean. "We didn't find any signs of asbestos in the sample you gave us," said Morris Fine, a city health official, after chemists tested a bite-sized fragment supplied by the Daily News this week.
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December 12, 1989 | By Susan Bennett, Inquirer Washington Bureau The Associated Press and Reuters contributed to this article
Secretary of State James A. Baker 3d reassured concerned British leaders yesterday and then flew to West Berlin for a symbolic visit to the Berlin Wall and the unveiling of a U.S. vision for a restructured Europe. As Baker arrived in West Berlin last night, more than 100,000 pro-democracy demonstrators rallied in Leipzig, East Germany, for the fourth straight week, with many calling for German unity but others loudly protesting the idea. And the four World War II allies who control the divided city of Berlin held their first meeting in 18 years yesterday and stressed the need for stability at a time of convulsive change in East Germany, where the Communist Party has lost power.
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November 16, 1989 | By Larry King, Inquirer Staff Writer
Some raised glasses of schnapps and beer. Others could only stare for hours at television newscasts, weeping with joy at the poignant scenes they saw. Either way, Thursday was an unforgettable day of celebration for Northeast Philadelphia's German-American population. In a move that was shocking in its suddenness, East German officials threw open their nation's borders for the first time in 28 years. Symbolically, at least, the Berlin Wall was no more. "It was amazing. I went through a lot of tears," said Dorothea Oesterreich, who left East Germany a few months before the wall was built in 1961.
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August 13, 1986 | From Inquirer Wire Services
President Reagan yesterday branded the Berlin Wall a symbol of failure for communism and a source of tension in Europe, and the Soviet Union formally objected to protests against the wall scheduled for today. In a statement released in West Berlin to mark today's 25th anniversary of the beginning of construction of the Berlin Wall, Reagan said: "The Berlin Wall is tragic proof of the failure of totalitarian governments. It is the most visible sign of the unnatural division of Germany and Europe, a division which cruelly separates East from West and divides families and friends.
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November 18, 1991 | By Laurie Halse Anderson, Special to The Inquirer
When the Berlin Wall was broken down two years ago, thousands of tiny pieces were chiseled off and sold to collectors and curiosity hounds - and to Germans around the world who treasured them as symbols of their nation's reunification. But a German-American social club in Warminster has a somewhat bigger reminder. While most people came away from the wall with concrete chips, the Vereinigung Erzgebirge has a veritable boulder, a three-ton, 11-foot-high Gedenkstein (commemorative stone)
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November 4, 1990 | By Ray Moseley, Chicago Tribune
Millions of Germans will celebrate Friday what most people have long supposed was a Communist Party decision to bring down the Berlin Wall. But that isn't what happened. There was never a decision by East Germany's communist leadership to allow the kind of unrestricted travel to the West that occurred on the night of last Nov. 9 and subsequently. One of the most momentous events in Europe's postwar history came about not so much by design as by mistakes and confusion inside a party leadership that was trying desperately to find a way to save itself from a popular revolution.
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January 21, 1990 | By Mike Leary, Inquirer Staff Writer
While workmen rushed about putting the final touches on the mottled pink marble lobby of the elegant new Maritim Hotel, one of its managers extolled it as the best location in the West German capital. "The building on the left is the Postal Ministry," exclaimed Ralf H. Bittner, gesturing to the stone-and-glass towers still under construction to the east. "And the one next to it is the Transport Ministry, and there's the Justice Ministry, and those two big new buildings on the right are the Science and Research Ministries.
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July 2, 1988 | From Inquirer Wire Services
More than 180 West Berlin squatters yesterday scrambled over the Berlin Wall to East Germany to escape police in a scene unprecedented since the barrier was erected in 1961. West Berlin police had chased the squatters from a disputed piece of land near the wall the after a monthlong struggle that had pitted environmentalists against city developers. When the removal order came, the squatters found an unusual escape route - over the wall and into the city's communist side. Police and witnesses said that rather than face eviction and identity checks, the protesters climbed up makeshift ladders they set against the high concrete wall.
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April 8, 2013 | By David Patrick Stearns, Inquirer Music Critic
The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia migrated for the first time in its own subscription series Sunday from its usual Perelman Theater quarters to the larger Verizon Hall at the Kimmel Center, and with good reason: Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 . It's a piece that needs more room. Also significant, conductor laureate Ignat Solzhenitsyn (a much-seasoned Beethovenian) returned to conduct a smaller-scale, gently provocative performance that reminded you how seldom the composer's grandest symphony is heard with fine nuances.
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March 2, 2015 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
Ralph V. Cacciutti, 77, of Gladwyne, owner and operator of his family's foundry for many years, died Tuesday, Feb. 24, of a stroke at Bryn Mawr Hospital. Mr. Cacciutti was the CEO and chairman of West Philadelphia Bronze Corp., a bronze foundry and one of the leading national manufacturers of large castings for the shipbuilding industry. The business was established in 1947 in West Philadelphia by his father, Ralph Cacciutti, and uncle, Charles Cacciutti, both now deceased. In 1986, the firm moved to Chester, Delaware County, after acquiring the Crown Foundry there.
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November 10, 2014 | By Trudy Rubin, Inquirer Columnist
The 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall is a good time to reflect on the dimming regard for democratic government - at home and abroad. Nov. 9, 1989, the day that East Berliners scaled the wall and embraced their fellow Germans from the West, marked the zenith of global faith in democracy's promise, shortly before the communist empire collapsed. I was lucky enough to witness East Europe's democratic uprisings firsthand. In November 1989, in East Germany, I watched tens of thousands of peaceful demonstrators in Leipzig roar for a united, democratic Germany, in a series of Monday protests that helped seal East Germany's fate.
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November 10, 2014 | By Michael Milne, For The Inquirer
I was strolling along Bernauer Strasse during a foggy night typical of Berlin. The low-lying mist shrouded the streetlamps, casting sepia shadows on the neighborhood. The hues were reminiscent of old newsreels from August 1963, when this street became a last-gasp escape route for those seeking to flee over the Berlin Wall, a structure that was erected overnight in its initial crude form of concrete blocks and barbed wire. It encircled West Berlin to keep East Germans from escaping to the lone outpost of freedom behind the Iron Curtain.
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June 20, 2013 | By Scott Wilson, Washington Post
BERLIN - President Obama on Wednesday called for reducing the number of deployed U.S. strategic nuclear warheads by one-third if the Russian government agrees to a similar cut, reviving a goal outlined early in his presidency to work toward a world without nuclear weapons. Obama's proposal, which met with a cool reception in Moscow, came during a much-anticipated speech here that sought to shake Western nations from complacency that he said has taken hold since the end of the Cold War. Speaking at the Brandenburg Gate, a historic backdrop for U.S. presidents, Obama said the dissolution of the Soviet Union has brought "a sense that the great challenges have somehow passed.
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June 18, 2013
By Tobias Peter 'I ch bin ein Berliner . " Those were the famous words John F. Kennedy used to express solidarity with the people of Germany in June 1963, when he became the first U.S. president to visit the German capital after the Soviets divided it with the Berlin Wall. So what will President Obama tell the Germans when he speaks to them during his visit this week, nearly 50 years later? "People of Berlin, Germany, and Europe: I've been reading your e-mail"? If only half of what Edward Snowden has leaked about U.S. Internet surveillance is true, it will be a huge burden for transatlantic relations.
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June 10, 2013
Willi Sitte, 92, one of East Germany's most eminent artists and a key representative of Communism's preferred socialist realism painting style, has died in Berlin. The head of the Willi Sitte Foundation, Hans-Hubert Werner, told news agency DPA that Mr. Sitte died Saturday morning after a long illness. Mr. Sitte's paintings depicted factory workers or farmers as glamorized ideals of Communist heroes. Among his famous works are voluptuous, often nude women. After the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989 and Germany's unification, Mr. Sitte was seen in a more controversial light because of his closeness to the Communist regime.
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April 8, 2013 | By David Patrick Stearns, Inquirer Music Critic
The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia migrated for the first time in its own subscription series Sunday from its usual Perelman Theater quarters to the larger Verizon Hall at the Kimmel Center, and with good reason: Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 . It's a piece that needs more room. Also significant, conductor laureate Ignat Solzhenitsyn (a much-seasoned Beethovenian) returned to conduct a smaller-scale, gently provocative performance that reminded you how seldom the composer's grandest symphony is heard with fine nuances.
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August 14, 2011 | By Juergen Baetz, Associated Press
BERLIN - Construction of the Berlin Wall 50 years ago must be a constant reminder to people today to stand up for freedom and democracy, the city's mayor said Saturday as a united Germany commemorated the bitter anniversary. The wall did not just separate city streets, neighbors and families, it tore the country apart, Berlin Mayor Klaus Wowereit said at a televised ceremony. "It is our shared responsibility to keep the memory alive," he said, "and to pass it on to the coming generations as a reminder to stand up for freedom and democracy to ensure that such injustice may never happen again.
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November 12, 2009 | By Grant Calder
The birthday card arrived by airmail (not e-mail). On the front was a photograph of a 20-foot section of the Berlin Wall, taken just hours before the bulldozers arrived to knock it down. I opened the card, read the nice note from the friends who had sent it to me, and turned back to the cover. A chaotic jumble of graffiti decorated the gray concrete surface. As I tried to decipher the various fragments of political and personal messages left over the years, the English words "Happy Birthday Grant!"
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November 9, 2009 | By Bonnie L. Cook INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A section of the Berlin Wall stands on a pedestal in a quiet glen of trees in Warminster, Bucks County, its countenance marked with history. One side of the concrete monolith is blank; between 1961 and 1989, barbed wire, snarling dogs, and armed guards kept East Berliners from coming close. On the other are paint scrawls in red, yellow, orange, and black left by West Berliners angry because the wall separated them from countrymen and, often, family. "A lot of people vented on this wall," said Carol Ebinger of Collingdale, Delaware County, who viewed the piece of the wall Friday outside a German society clubhouse where she's a member.
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