Berlin: The Wall Is Not Forever

Berlin: The Wall Is Not Forever

Berlin: The Wall Is Not Forever

Berlin: The Wall Is Not Forever

Excerpt

In this book I cannot answer the main question posed. I cannot say when the Wall will be breached. I cannot forecast when reunification will come. I can only state my firm conviction that the Wall will be dismantled in a meaningful period of contemporary history. Not at once, and perhaps not even at the same time, the Wall will come down and Germany will be reunited. The time and manner cannot be predicted. I have cited episodes and outlined influences that tend to bring a united Germany into the Western Community. I have suggested that the present division is not wholly in the Communist interest.

In referring to the major changes in the political situations and the destinies of nations, I have emphasized a number of uncertainties and have refrained from prophecy. Understanding must grow from early perception of what has already taken place.

In referring to heroic persons living and dead, I have endeavored to express my appreciation for what they have done and for my opportunity to work for the reconstruction of democratic Berlin.

The conclusions in this book are based on more than two decades of work and study of postwar history. The discussion reflects several score of conversations in the summer of 1965.

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