Malta’s Ambassador to Germany participates in an event to mark the 60th anniversary of the construction of the Berlin Wall

Malta’s Ambassador to Germany participates in an event to mark the 60th anniversary of the construction of the Berlin Wall

Reference Number:  , Press Release Issue Date: Aug 18, 2021
 
 Malta’s Ambassador to Germany participates in an event to mark the 60th anniversary of the construction of the Berlin Wall


The Ambassador of Malta to the Federal Republic of Germany, Vanni Xuereb, was among a number of dignitaries who participated in an event to mark the 60th anniversary of the construction of the Berlin Wall.


The Maltese Ambassador laid a wreath at the site where part of the Berlin Wall still stands as a reminder of the division of the city and in memory of the victims of the Communist dictatorship. The commemorative event was held in Berlin on Friday, August 13, 2021 to mark the start of the construction of the Berlin Wall 60 years ago.


The Wall enclosed West Berlin and ran through the entire city centre.  It was built to prevent East Berliners and citizens of the then German Democratic Republic from fleeing to the West. However, it came to symbolise not only the division of a city but also that of a country and of Europe. 20 years later, a broad protest movement that formed among the East German population at the end of the 1980s and an increasing flow of refugees would lead to the fall of the Wall on November 9, 1989, to the end of the dictatorship in East Germany and to the reunification of Germany in 1990.


The commemorative event took place at the Berlin Wall Memorial in Bernauer Strasse, precisely on the site of the border strip that had separated East and West Berlin. Speeches were delivered by the President of the Federal Republic of Germany, Frank-Walter Steinmeier and by the Governing Mayor of Berlin, Michael Müller among others. Persons whose lives were directly affected by the construction of the Wall spoke about their experiences.

Ambassador Vanni Xuereb taking part in the ceremony near the Berlin Wall 

Ambassador Vanni Xuereb laying a wreath near the Berlin Wall

A photo of a part of Berlin Wall