November 9th, 2010

general: thank you flower

21 years ago...

... people changed history and made happen what millions of people were wishing for and hardly anybody dared to hope.
If you know one thing about German history, this should be the one.
It still gets me and I am thankful and indebted to the people who changed the lives of millions of Germans for the better.

(This was made last year in my university town, Leipzig, where the demonstrations of '89 started, to celebrate the day the wall came down. I may have shown you a different version of this clip last year but I don't care -- this never gets old. I'm not sure how well known Ode to Joy is (I mean the original text, not the newer Joyful Joyful) but I find it incredibly beautiful, not just but especially in this context.)