The Wall

It was May 23, 1982: in a theatre of Cannes, the metaphorical wall of Alan Parker’s “Pink Floyd The Wall” was smashed down, over the unforgettable notes of the legendary British band.

Not many years later, November 9, 1989, was sanctioned the end of a more concrete but symbolic wall, which had marked the European and world history for a period that seemed endless, 28 years, starting from August 13, 1961. The wall was physically smashed down while in the world the fear always inherent in any change was overtaken by a unprecedented wave of hope and expectations.

Di Bundesarchiv, B 145 Bild-F079010–0037 https://commons.wikimedia.org

Almost exactly 27 years later, on 8 November 2016, a man, unworthy of this assignment, was elected to the US presidency. The January 20, 2017, this same man officially takes office after an embarrassing and sad ceremony…
See, please, the unhappy coincidence of dates: 27 years vs. 28, 8 November against 9.

Few days later, on January 25, exactly a month after Christmas, he announced — this time in the authoritative way given from his office — the building of a new wall, extremely dubious for an actual technical efficiency, but of high symbolic value, something that was widely promised during the election campaign and that many, even among the moderate right voters, considered it as a farfetched promise, and that it could never have a real implementation.

Still from Pink Floyd The Wall

From all this we learn two main things:

First, nothing can be considered unpredictable or impossible in History.
The demolition of the Berlin Wall took place in a manner so sudden and unexpected, even though the historical conditions were now evidently ready for it, that very few at the time would ever have thought it would really happen.
On the other, the walls, the perfect symbol of division, separation, exclusion, hatred, never represented nothing less than deadly, in history.
All the walls of this kind, in the entire history of humanity, were built of fear and hatred, and were fed with blood and pain.

Remnant of the Ghetto wall behind a house at 55 Sienna Street

We are close to the “Day of Remembrance”, and we still have clear memories of the wall of the Warsaw Ghetto, the wall of the Auschwitz Camp and all the extermination camps that for long decades disfigured Europe.

In the US and Europe, alas, there are many demented people who have greeted with joy and gladness this announcement today, indicated by their leader as a “Great Day.”

For many, many others, however, this announcement foreshadows symbolically but all too clearly what awaits us in the near future: division, separation, hatred, exclusion, fear, isolationism.

Guard tower at Auschwitz-Birkenau (2013)
By Jacomoman — Own work

Let me be clear, there is no wall that can stop history.

And like all the other walls of the past, that too will fail, and someone will undertake to demolish it.

Personally, I hope that if it really will ever be erected (a thread of hope and confidence for human intelligence can not abandone me), I hope to soon be among those who wield maces to smash down and raze those stones and bricks of shame and the perverse thoughts that generated them.

God Bless America!
Let America be America Again!

Marianna