Sunday, November 01, 2009

All Hallows: First Day of the Dead

To the departed and the fallen: Gone but not forgotten.

Also got to see Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck's The Lives of Others / Das Leben der Anderen (2006), about life in the DDR (East Germany) in the mid-80s, and ending in the 90s, after reunification. I liked it. Got to venture behind the Iron Curtain around the time the movie begins, see East Berlin and Dresden. Strange to think how fast everything has changed since then: Gorbachev, Chernobyl, Glasnost, Perestroika, Soviet pullout of Afghanistan, fall of the Wall, Der Deutsche Einheit, and now German units participating in Afghanistan, fighting some of the same people the Soviets did. Who would've dreamed how things have turned out? Sometimes we forget that. We mustn't.

Today's Rune: Strength.


Charles Gramlich said...

change is the rule. Today's enemies are tomorrow's friends.

jodi said...

Erik, I am such a political and sometimes historical doedoe. I like Charles' idea!