(Der Spiegel) David Crossland–How Springsteen Helped Tear Down the [Berlin] Wall

Who brought down the Berlin Wall? It was Polish trade unionists, Mikhail Gorbachev and his perestroika, Ronald Reagan and his Star Wars program, ordinary East Germans demonstrating in the streets and piling into the West German embassy in Prague, and of course Günter Schabowski, the Politburo member who read out that legendary note lifting travel restrictions — “effective immediately” — on the night of Nov. 9, 1989.

A new book published this week ventures to add another name to that list — rock star Bruce Springsteen, who held the biggest concert in the history of East Germany on July 19, 1988, and whose rousing, passionate performance that night lit a spark in the hundreds of thousands of young people who saw him.

Springsteen attracted an estimated 300,000 people from all over the German Democratic Republic — the largest crowd he had ever played to. They were hungry for change and freedom, and seeing one of the West’s top stars made them even hungrier, argues veteran journalist Erik Kirschbaum in his book “Rocking the Wall,”

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One comment on “(Der Spiegel) David Crossland–How Springsteen Helped Tear Down the [Berlin] Wall

  1. David Keller says:

    How incredibly stupid. Springsteen had as much to do with the collapse of East Germany as Barabbas had to do with your eternal salvation. He was present at the time it was happening, and that’s about it. The left will do and say anything to keep from admitting Ronald Reagan and the US military brought down the Berlln Wall. The only other irony of this week was listening to JFKs speech and realizing he’d be drummed out of the Democratic Party if he said something like that since about 1976.