A chance posting by a friend on Facebook led to some reflection about this place where I am and how I am approaching it. And a dose of recognition.
“Quick, tell me, what are you reading right now and do you like it?” she asked.
“Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. I’m loving it,” came my reply.
Soon after, my friend replied that she too enjoyed that book, and had I seen Adichie’s TED talk? I may find it relates to where I am now, she wrote. No, I had not. I tracked it down. I watched it. I felt the cold creep of recognition. I feel compelled to share this. Continue reading
Glienicke Bridge on the Havel River, near the Wannsee. Credit: Havelritter.de
October 3 is coming up. It’s a national holiday here, when schools and offices will be closed. I didn’t know what the holiday was for until yesterday, and now that I do, a few other things begin to make more sense.
The holiday is Unity Day. It’s a day to commemorate the 1990 reunification of Germany.
I am beginning to understand that the Cold War and Reunification have a far greater hold on the psyche of Berliners today than World War II does. Which is interesting, because if you’re anything like me, your ideas about Germany have been shaped by the steady stream of literature and films that dwell on the dark years of the 1930s and ’40s.