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    Posted April 27, 2014 by
    Grundy Center, Iowa
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    Tragedy in Berlin


    I went to Germany on a High School Trip in March 2014. Great place. I spent eight days in a little town called Pewsum, it is near the Dutch border. During my time in Pewsum, I stayed with a great host family who treated me as one of their own. I saw a pro-soccer game, in Bremen, it was Werder Bremen v.s. Stuttgart. I went to the school, and actually attended classes, and I learned a lot, especially in German class. I saw some amazing things, which to them is no big deal. Eventually, however, like all good things, it ended and we left Pewsum after eight days. The last two days of the trip were spent in Berlin where we saw all the popular tourist spots, The Reichstag, TV Tower and The Brandenburg Gate, but the thing that touched me most was hidden away, zip-tied to a pole. At that place, in 1962, a young, East German man named Peter Fechter attempted to escape the horrors of East Berlin by geting over The Berlin Wall. He was shot and killed by Russian guards. There is not much at that site, just a column with his name and a inscription in German- "Er wollte nur die Freiheit", which, when translated to English means, "He just wanted the Freedom". On a pole nearby, there was a little cross, wooden, with a flower, from Charlie and Pat. It just touched me how this young innocent man was willing to risk , and ultimately lost, his life for freedom. So many people take it for granted here in the US, and many other places, never thinking of those who live under the thumb of Dictators. It's just really sad to me.

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