Historic Pieces of the Berlin Wall Donated For Public Display in Mountain View, California

By Stephen Fuchs on Email @StephenWFuchs

Remnants of the Berlin Wall, to this day, still carry a powerful message to people all around the world.  Cities across the world have created public displays out of pieces of the wall that were collected, and with at least 40 sites in the US alone, the California city of Mountain View is getting ready to add to the collection by next summer.

Frank Golzen, a German-born businessman that immigrated to the Mountain View area, left his family with two 12-foot-tall sections when he passed away 4 years ago.  Golzen had bought the pieces six months after the wall fell in 1989, and now his family is wanting to donate the 3.5 ton sections to the city he contributed so much to, both through his personal actions and his local businesses.

The location for the remnants is still being decided upon, but the city council members feel the town is a fitting place for the pieces.  Council member Jac Siegel told the local Peninsula Press that “Mountain View, believe it or not, was the seat of the fall of the Berlin Wall in one way or another with all of the defense work and aerospace work that went on here… So really, I hear art, but I think of history. You talk about what went on here for 20 or 30 years in this valley starting in the 50s, I mean this is it. This is what we work for.”

Up until now, the two sections of the Berlin Wall have been kept at the Bayside Business Plaza which was recently sold to Google.  Once it is moved to its permanent home, the Golzen family believes the display will live up to Frank’s original goal of making the site available to the public with the hopes of making people understand the impact of the wall and raise awareness to why it happened in the first place.


Source: Peninsula Press
Photo by Ian Francis Yakob / Peninsula Press 

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Stephen founded German Pulse and LGBT Germany out of a passion to introduce Americans to a Germany that goes beyond beer and polka (although with enough beer he has been known to polka it up a bit). He's a coffee addict, lover of wine and good times, a hit in the kitchen and editor of TV commercials. You can follow him on Twitter (@StephenWFuchs) to find out a lot more.
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