Kennedy Piece: the Berlin Wall

Kennedy Piece: the Berlin Wall

A wonderful portrait of John F. Kennedy on a genuine piece of the Berlin Wall stands next to the headquarters of the European Commission in Brussels. Something like this, right next to the Berlaymont building, acts as an impressive and powerful symbol of a united, or rather, reunited Europe. It’s a perfect selfie opportunity!

This restored monument was inaugurated on 9 November 2015 as part of the 25th anniversary celebrations of German unification following the fall of the Berlin Wall. It stands in a glass display, protected from the elements, weighs 3 tons and stands 3.6 metres tall. It was brought to Brussels in 2009, along with 15 other pieces as part of the ‘Breaking the Wall installation which celebrated the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. A few years later the European Commission bought the Kennedy Piece to turn it into a permanent monument.

Just a reminder: The Berlin Wall was part of the Iron Curtain that split Berlin, Germany and Europe in two for 28 years (1961 - 1989). At least 138 people died attempting to climb the wall from east to west. Eventually the wall fell on 9 November 1989. It remains to this day a symbol of the Iron Curtain that fell over Europe.

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