Sunday, October 4, 2009

Giant Puppets in Berlin for Unification Anniversary

Berlin was taken over -- in enthusiasm if not in power -- by giant puppets who helped celebrate the anniversary of the country's reunification. It's the 19th year since East Germany agreed to be absorbed into the Federal Republic, and it's the 20th year since the fall of the hated Berlin Wall.

The capital city marked the event with ceremonies and other such behavior. But the most eye-catching event was the performance of two giant puppets, who represented an uncle being reunited with his niece from the other side of the wall. The uncle, wearing an old diver's uniform, rose out of the river before coming ashore for the reunion.

BBC reports that former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev was present for the ceremonies (in human, not puppet form -- and I'll suppress any urge to call the East German government a Soviet puppet regime) (but it was). He planted a tree in commemoration of the huge events of two decades ago.

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