UPDATED: Another WTF Moment in Time – Rochester, NY: 25 Years After Receiving a Portion of the Berlin Wall, Seems Administrators Have “Given It Away To A Swiss CEO!!”

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25 Years Fall of the Berlin Wall – an overview

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Vorbereitung auf die Lichtergrenze zum Mauerfalljubiläum. Tausende Ballonhalterungen warten auf ihren Aufbau entlang der ehemaligen Grenze. – © Jan Frontzek

– © Kulturprojekte Berlin/Christopher Bauder

Visualisierung von »DIE MAUER – Das asisi Panorama zum geteilten Berlin«, Blick vom Besucherpodest, 2011 – © asisi

– © Kulturprojekte Berlin/Christopher Bauder

– © Kulturprojekte Berlin/Christopher Bauder

Bernauer Str. – © Detlef Peuker

Modernisierung der Berliner Mauer an der Bernauer Straße (September 1980) – © by Yagosaga (Eckhard Etzold) at wikipedia

Rochester’s slab of Berlin Wall is gone

Wednesday, November 12 2014, 08:11 PM EST

By 13WHAM’s Cody Combs

Rochester, N.Y. – A slab of the Berlin Wall, a symbol of the cold war that used to be displayed in the Bausch Lomb building, has been given away and shipped overseas. The wall was donated to Bausch and Lomb when it first moved into the tower in 1995, but according to the building’s new owner, Buckingham Properties, B&L quietly moved slab out of Rochester back in August. According to a B&L spokesperson, the company gave the Berlin Wall slab to a CEO in Switzerland as part of a business deal. “It was sent to Galderma,” wrote B&L spokesperson Kristy Guerra, referring to a company once owned by the Bausch Lomb’s parent company, Valient. “It was part of the divestiture,” she added. B&L moved its headquarters from Rochester to New Jersey in 2013 after the company was purchased by Valeant, a Canada based company. Its former headquarters, located near the Washington Square park in Downtown Rochester, was purchased by Buckingham Properties. The slab was featured prominently in the Wintergarden area of the building, frequented by both employees and open to the general public. The Associate Director for Buckingham Properties tells 13WHAM News that B&L never said where it was taking the statue.

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SEE VIDEO OF ORIGINAL DEDICATION: http://rochester.twcnews.com/content/487221/rochester-remembers-fall-of-berlin-wall/FIVE YEARS AGO, IT WAS STILL IN THE B&L BUILDING


CaptureMonday marks the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall.

Thanks to a peaceful resolution, the border between east and west Germany fell, ending the Cold War and Germany was reunited.

While thousands are marking the event in Berlin, the historic occasion is being remembered in Rochester.

A piece of history is prominently placed inside the Bausch & Lomb winter garden in downtown Rochester.

Part of the Berlin Wall arrived during the construction of B&L’s world headquarters. It was a donation from the company’s German division.

“It brings it to the front of your mind and it’s a good thing. It’s a good reminder because it lets you know it doesn’t exist anymore, ” said Rochester resident Cathy Cox.

Mary Champagne-Myers is a former German teacher at Greece Arcadia High School. She is part of a group called Rochester German Language and Culture. The group gathered for lunch at the winter garden to mark the 20th anniversary.

“I would like people to remember where they were, how they heard it first, how it’s changed for them and their families which may be back in Germany,” said Mary Champagne-Myers.

At Nazareth College, the school is monitoring the event through German satellite television. Nine students are studying in Berlin this semester and are taking part in the celebrations.

Professor Bill Hopkins teaches German at Nazareth College. He said it is a great opportunity for his students to learn more about the fall of the wall.

“The real value comes 10, or 15 or 20 years later, when they develop these concepts into their lives and they become more politically aware, more culturally aware as Americans, ” said Professor Hopkins.

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Berlin Wall falls: 25 years later

Updated: Monday, November 10 2014, 03:04 PM EST

BERLIN (AP) — The citizens of Berlin on Sunday released almost 7,000 balloons into the night sky, many carrying messages of hope to mark the 25th anniversary since the fall of the wall that once divided their city.

The symbolic act recalled the giddy night of Nov. 9, 1989, when thousands of people from the communist East streamed through the Berlin Wall to celebrate freedom with their brethren in the West.

“For peace and freedom,” Berlin mayor Klaus Wowereit told a crowd of ten thousands that had gathered at the city’s iconic Brandenburg Gate as he gave the signal to release the balloons, which has been placed, illuminated, along a 15-kilometer (9-mile) stretch of the former border.

Earlier he thanked the former leaders of Poland, Hungary and the Soviet Union — Lech Walesa, Miklos Nemeth and Mikhail Gorbachev — for having helped set the stage for Germany’s peaceful revolution.

Gorbachev — who is still a popular figure in Germany — was greeted with affectionate shouts of “Gorbi, Gorbi” by the crowds.

Hours earlier German Chancellor Angela Merkel had honored the memory of the 138 people who died along the Berlin Wall, and the countless others who suffered during its 28-year existence. The latter included Dorothea Ebert, a violinist who was imprisoned in East Germany after a failed attempt to escape. On Sunday, Ebert played a piece by Bach that she had practiced over and over during her imprisonment — on an imaginary violin, because the communist authorities refused to let her have a real one.

Merkel also paid tribute to those who helped bring down the wall, calling its collapse an example of the human yearning for freedom.

“It was about reclaiming freedom, about being citizens, not subjects,” Merkel said at the main memorial site for the wall on Bernauer Strasse.

The protests that forced East German authorities to relax travel restrictions for their citizens were spurred by changes that had already taken place elsewhere in Eastern Europe. Merkel said the wall’s collapse should be regarded as a sign of hope for people suffering in Ukraine, Syria and Iraq.

“The fall of the wall has shown us that dreams can come true,” said Merkel, who grew up in East Germany. “Nothing has to stay the way it is, however big the hurdles are.”

Merkel noted that Nov. 9 is a significant date in German history also for being the day when, in 1938, Nazi paramilitaries launched a pogrom against the country’s Jewish population in what became known as Kristallnacht — the “Night of Broken Glass.”

“That was the opening note for the murder of millions,” said Merkel, adding that on Nov. 9 each year “I feel not just joy, but the responsibility that German history burdens us with.”

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