Consul General of the Federal Republic of Germany David Gill, Mrs. Sheila Shrivastava, and Albanian Institute Director Dino Korca.
Photo: October 6, 2022/ New York City/United States.
This house once stood in another country
Last night, I was very honored to attend the German Unity Day celebration with our dear friends. On October 3rd of every year, the Germans mark the anniversary of the German Unity — the reunification of the German people.
The filmmaker Wim Wenders was recently asked if Berlin of now is the same Berlin he portrayed in his film “Wings of Desire”, shot only two years before the Wall fell.
He remarkably told this story: there is a nice old building in my neighborhood, on Brunnenstrasse, former East Berlin, on which it is written, in huge letters:
“This house once stood in another country!”
Which is great, he went on to say, it reminds us that we live now in a new country, because East Germany does not exist anymore and West Germany does not exist anymore either.
We often read about the reunification of East and West Germany, however 32 years ago a new country was and it took a long time for the German people to understand this — but they do now and we can learn from it.
Einen schönen Tag der Deutschen Einheit!