Original section of the Berlin Wall on display in Tallinn
A display of an original section of the Berlin Wall has been opened in Tallinn, commemorating the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall on Sunday.
The section was presented to Estonia by the Senate of Berlin, and was placed next to the Museum of Occupations.
"This piece of concrete resembles the horror that inhumane dictatorships have and will bring on the one hand, and the joy that accompanies with getting rid of them," Heiki Loot, the Secretary of State of Estonia, said, thanking the Senate of Berlin and the German Embassy for the gift.
"It is a great pleasure on this day to present this monument of peace and freedom to the government and people of Estonia at its new permanent location in front of the Museum of Occupations," the German Ambassador to Tallinn, Christian Matthias Schlaga, said.
"The section of wall is a symbol of closeness of Estonians and Germans and reminds us that this wall has not fallen, but was overthrown by brave people in the whole of Europe. It also is as a sign of warning, that we should never forget that freedom and peace in Europe today are not self-evident," he said.
This specific section was originally located along the border on Leipziger Strasse, on the corner of Stresemannstrasse, in Potsdamer Platz in the district of Berlin Mitte in the center of Berlin.
There are more than 240 displays of original fragments of the Berlin Wall around the world; in Brussels, Riga, London, Singapur, Los Angeles, New York, Ottawa, and elsewhere.
The Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany also opened an exhibition called “Dictatorship and Democracy in the Age of Extremes” in the Museum of Occupations, which will remain on display until February 2.