Our friend DL from Heidelberg shares this observation with us:
I ... thought you might be interested in an anecdote from my visit to Berlin last weekend. I was out on a late night walk along Unter den Linden and stopped at the Adlon Hotel's sidewalk cafe to enjoy a 7 Euro beer and the view of the the Brandenburg Gate.Surprised to see tourists still climbing the stairs inside the glass dome of the Bundestag at 9 PM, I decided to join them for a panoramic view of the city's skyline.At the base of the walkway that leads to the top there is a photographic exhibit on the history of the building, beginning with its construction as the Reichstag and ending with its reconstruction as the Bundestag. Naturally much of the exhibit is devoted to the post-war period, the division of Berlin, and reunification.To my amazement, there was not one mention in either the photographs or the accompanying narrative of the United States and the role it played in bringing down the wall and reunifying the city. Without the United States the Bundestag would still be meeting in Bonn but here were busloads of German and international school children reading a history that would have made the East German Communist Party proud. The experience reminded me of those photos of the Politburo where the faces of party members who had fallen out of favor had been cropped out.On a related note, I watched a television documentary on Berlin earlier this summer that included a segment on the Berlin airlift. It showed clips of the Berlin Airlift but not once did it mention who flew the planes. There is no doubt that history is being re-written in Germany today. One can only wonder where it will end.