Dedication set for Berlin Wall display outside library


Two big sections of the Berlin Wall now on permanent display in front of the Mountain View library will be dedicated in a ceremony set for Thursday, Nov. 14.

The sections were donated by the Golzen family, which had them shipped to the United States shortly after the Berlin Wall fell in 1989. The sections were on display until recently in a North Bayshore office park, off the beaten path and little known.

The two, 7-ton sections are now encased in plexiglass near the front steps of Mountain View's library at 585 Franklin St.

On Thursday, Nov. 14, a ceremony will be held for the new Berlin Wall display at 3 p.m. Germany's Consul General in San Francisco will speak, as will a member of the Golzen family. German immigrant and real estate developer Frank Golzen recently passed away, spurring the donation of the wall sections to the city. There will also be music by the German International School of Silicon Valley.


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Posted by Bunko
a resident of Blossom Valley
on Nov 5, 2013 at 2:29 pm

This used to be a cool thing to show folks from out of town. They never guessed there was a piece of the Berlin Wall hidden behind an office building in Mountain View. Now I worry that it will be defaced in its more visible location.

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Posted by Jim Neal
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Nov 5, 2013 at 2:45 pm

Jim Neal is a registered user.

I'm glad to see that this is finally taking place! I was the first one to speak before the City Council on this topic and insisted that it be given a place of honor. This monument is an incredibly powerful reminder of what happens when the power of government goes unchecked. I lost the battle to have it located in City Hall Plaza, but the library location is definitely the next best choice as I think it will allow thousands of children to learn about history and perhaps even discuss with their parents and grandparents what it was like to live in the U.S. when Russia was still commanding the Soviet Union and how the wall came to be.

Jim Neal
Old Mountain View

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Posted by Clara
a resident of Rengstorff Park
on Nov 5, 2013 at 4:02 pm

I was at the library today and noticed that they have put some kind of plexiglass around the wall so know one can add additional graffiti.
I think the library is a very appropriate place for the pieces to stand. Since most Americans haven't a clue what the history of the wall is, they now have a place to do some research. I highly recommend the movie ( The Lives of Others )that also can be checked out at the library. Its a pretty accurate portrait of what life was really like in the former East Germany, I can personally vouch for its accuracy.

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Posted by MadamPresident
a resident of another community
on Nov 5, 2013 at 4:48 pm

why? are we still in the Cold War??

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Posted by Jim Neal
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Nov 5, 2013 at 5:28 pm

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@MadamPresident - Obviously you didn't hear about the incident in the last two weeks where Putin's people gave western diplomats goodie bags with usb drives that contained malware so he could monitor them:

Web Link

Those who don't learn from history ....

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Posted by UC Davis Grad
a resident of Cuernavaca
on Nov 5, 2013 at 7:24 pm

Well done! It's good to see that Mountain View is preserving a piece of history from a period that defined so many aspect of this country's history.

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Posted by You're a Genius
a resident of Jackson Park
on Nov 6, 2013 at 7:05 am

@MadamPresident: Oh this should be fun. Please continue to share your logical thinking about this, maybe bringing in other examples like the Normandy memorial, or the Vietnam war memorial, or simply any memorial to commemorate and remember the astoundingly harsh struggles of others.
Please tell us why you think there must be an active cold war or war in order to commemorate the struggles of the past. Waiting, ready to burst our laughing (again)

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Posted by AllYouCanEat
a resident of Shoreline West
on Nov 7, 2013 at 8:06 am

Too bad we dont have any history celebrate here in United States. Thank God for Europe!

Hey Jim!

Maybe we should hang those bags with USB drives down at the library . A bit more timely, maybe?

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Posted by MadamPresident
a resident of another community
on Nov 7, 2013 at 2:37 pm

@You're a Genius

Son, talk to Vietnam veterans who though they were fighing against communism, until they found out they were fighting so American corporations have control over mineral deposits of tungsten and such

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Posted by Jim Neal
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Nov 7, 2013 at 11:00 pm

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@AllYouCanEat -- LOL! I'm keeping all my plastic bags and reusing them for grocery shopping! I did this before the ban too, but now they're harder to replace! :)

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