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Berlin: Three Different Personalities, Three Different Era’s and Three different Speeches

August 2, 2008

24th July 2008: Sen. Barack Obama’s speech in Berlin, Germany

Below is the link to the speech given on 24th July ‘08 by the US Presidential Candidate – Sen. Barack Obama before about 200000 people in Berlin, Germany.

Excerpt: “Partnership and Co-operation among nations is not a choice. It is the only way. The only way to protect our common security and advance our common humanity. That is why the greatest danger of all is to avoid new walls to divide us from one another. The walls between the old allies on the either side of Atlantic, cannot stand. The walls between the countries with the most and least cannot stand. The walls between the races and tribes, natives and immigrants, Christians, Muslims and Jews, cannot stand. These are the walls we must tear down”.

26th June 1963: John F Kennedy’s speech in Berlin, Germany

Below is the link to the speech given on 24th July ’08 by the US President John F Kennedy visiting West Berlin (West Germany) during the height of the Cold War.

Excerpt:  Freedom has many difficulties and democracy is not perfect, but we have never had to put a wall up to keep our people in, to prevent them from leaving us. I want to say, on behalf of my countrymen, who live many miles away on the other side of the Atlantic, who are far distant from you, that they take the greatest pride that they have been able to share with you, even from a distance, the story of the last 18 years. I know of no town, no city, that has been besieged for 18 years that still lives with the vitality and the force, and the hope and the determination of the city of West Berlin. While the wall is the most obvious and vivid demonstration of the failures of the Communist system, for all the world to see, we take no satisfaction in it, for it is, as your Mayor has said, an offense not only against history but an offense against humanity, separating families, dividing husbands and wives and brothers and sisters, and dividing a people who wish to be joined together.”

30th January 1941: Adolf Hitler’s speech in Berlin, Germany

Below is the link to the speech given on 30th January 1941, by the Reich Chancellor Adolf Hitler during the course of the Second World War.

Excerpt:Three hundred years earlier England had gradually built her Empire, not perhaps through the free will or the unanimous demonstrations of those affected, but for 300 years this World Empire was welded together solely by force. War followed war. One nation after another was robbed of its freedom-one state after another was shattered so that the structure which calls itself the British Empire might arise. Democracy was nothing but a mask covering subjugation and the oppression of nations and individuals. This State cannot allow its members to vote if today, after they have been worked upon for centuries, they should freely choose to be members of this Commonwealth. On the contrary, Egyptian Nationalists, Indian Nationalists in their thousands are filling the prisons. Concentration camps were not invented in Germany; it is the English who were the ingenious inventors of this idea. By these means they contrived to break the backbone of other nations, to remove their resistance, to wear them down, and make them prepared at last to submit to this British yoke of democracy. The British World Empire has left behind an icy stream of blood and tears in the path of its creation. It rules today, undoubtedly, a tremendous section of the globe. But this world government is affected not by the power of an idea, but essentially by force, and where force does not suffice, by the power of capitalist or economic interests.”

4 Comments leave one →
  1. August 2, 2008 3:41 pm

    which one of them is the best? i don’t know…lets hope Obama does something good…

  2. August 2, 2008 8:12 pm

    hey vishesh… nice theme. YU needed some cleaning up. good work bro. and also, a request, why dont you organize the sidebar also a bit.

  3. August 4, 2008 12:36 am

    It will be interesting to see what happens if you exchange the era in which they live and predict what they will talk about then 😉

  4. August 4, 2008 7:11 am

    @illuminator: i wonder….history will be re-written i guess….:)

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