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[Photo Journal/ A-Z Photo Story Challenge] W is for Wall of Berlin

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It’s Tuesday, time for Frizztext’s A-Z Photo Story Challenge. Letter this week is W and so I share some of my photographs taken from the Wall of Berlin. It was a surreal experience being there to say the least. It was touching and living a piece of history. It was also interesting how fragments of the city’s history are scattered throughout Berlin – made to be a part of the seemingly-mundane and the ordinary – a stark reminder never to forget.

Wall of Berlin

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“When everything was quiet, I went up to the corridor and the curtain in the livingroom was open just a crack… I could see outside. I watched, only for a few seconds.” He had not seen the outside world for twenty-two months.
There was no anger or reproach.
It was Papa who spoke.
How did it look?”
Max lifted his head, with great sorrow and great astonishment. “There were stars,” he said. “They burned my eyes.” 
― Markus ZusakThe Book Thief

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“I know not with what weapons World War III will be fought, but World War IV will be fought with sticks and stones.” 
― Albert Einstein

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“War must be, while we defend our lives against a destroyer who would devour all; but I do not love the bright sword for its sharpness, nor the arrow for its swiftness, nor the warrior for his glory. I love only that which they defend.” 
― J.R.R. TolkienThe Two Towers

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“War is what happens when language fails.” 
― Margaret Atwood

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“There are causes worth dying for, but none worth killing for.” 
― Albert Camus

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“What difference does it make to the dead, the orphans and the homeless, whether the mad destruction is wrought under the name of totalitarianism or in the holy name of liberty or democracy?” 
― Mahatma Gandhi

Myra is a Teacher Educator and a registered clinical psychologist based in Al Ain, United Arab Emirates. Prior to moving to the Middle East, she lived for eleven years in Singapore serving as a teacher educator. She has edited five books on rediscovering children’s literature in Asia (with a focus on the Philippines, Malaysia, India, China, Japan) as part of the proceedings for the Asian Festival of Children’s Content where she served as the Chair of the Programme Committee for the Asian Children’s Writers and Illustrators Conference from 2011 until 2019. While she is an academic by day, she is a closet poet and a book hunter at heart. When she is not reading or writing about books or planning her next reads, she is hoping desperately to smash that shuttlecock to smithereens because Badminton Is Life (still looking for badminton courts here at UAE - suggestions are most welcome).

3 comments on “[Photo Journal/ A-Z Photo Story Challenge] W is for Wall of Berlin

  1. Great entry for the challenge …

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  3. “War is what happens
    when language fails.”
    ― Margaret Atwood
    … is it YOU on the last picture? 🙂
    the photo with the balloon is very good!
    You maybe remember: my mother lived behind the wall in the Eastern part of Germany …

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