Once a symbol of such pain and defeat, the Berlin Wall has a new purpose around the world, and that is to educate society on how a seemingly harmless block of concrete could wreck so much turmoil and how when enough people group together to reverse a wrong, borders are no longer barriers standing in the way of efforts to reunite.
Pieces of the Wall, which stood on the borders of East and West Berlin from 1961 to 1989, can be found in many international cities, big and small, including an impressive section that has found itself in the once predominant German neighborhood of Chicago, Lincond Square, inside the lobby of the Western Brown Line ‘L’ station.
Original offered up to the city in 2008, the DANK Haus German American Cultural Center and Gene & Rosemary Schulter Foundation held a special rededication to the iconic Chicago Berlin Wall monument on Saturday, August 5, and the groups responsible for making such a piece of history available to the city of Chicago.
The newly unveiled plaque at the Chicago Berlin Wall site reads:
Segment of the Berlin Wall (1961-1989) donated by the city of Berlin to the citizens of Chicago as an expression of the gratitude for the invaluable assistance rendered by the United States of America in securing the safety and freedom of Berlin, in bringing down the Wall, and in supporting the reunification of Germany and Berlin.
Prominent guests made it out to the event to usher in a new revitalization to the now landmark spot, including Herbert Quelle, Consul General of Germany in Chicago, Illinois State Treasurer Michael Frerichs, and Erich Himmel, president of the United German American Societies of Greater Chicago.