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Tag: Premier Nikita Krushchev

August 12, 2011: The Berlin Wall marks its 50th anniversary tomorrow.

There are many people in the world who really don’t understand, or say they don’t, what is the great issue between the free world and the Communist world. Let them come to Berlin. … All free men, wherever they may live, are citizens of Berlin. And, therefore, as a free man, I take pride in the words “Ich bin ein Berliner.” – President John F. Kennedy, in a speech in West Berlin, 26 June 1963

  Berlin is the testicle of the West. When I want the West to scream, I squeeze on Berlin.
– Premier Nikita Krushchev, in a speech in Yugoslavia, 24 August 1963

Berlin Wall Detail # 9, from The Wall, Niederkirchner Strasse, Berlin 2010

The two image details shown here are taken from my photograph entitled The Wall, Niederkirchner Strasse. The original photograph is a construction, not a stitch. It measures eight feet long and is currently on view in my exhibition CITIES OF STONE – PEOPLE OF DUST at the Red Wall Gallery in Ottawa until September 2nd.

This photograph is intended to simulate a walk along the Berlin Wall today, 50 years after it first appeared. Tomorrow I will post the entire image at 2 a.m. to coincide with the time that the Berlin Wall was born on August 13th, 1961.

Berlin Wall Detail # 10, from The Wall, Niederkirchner Strasse, Berlin 2010

© Leslie Hossack

August 9, 2011: The Berlin Wall marks its 50th anniversary later this week.

So we’re stuck in this ridiculous situation. It seems silly for us to be facing an atomic war over a treaty preserving Berlin as the future capital of a reunified Germany when all of us know that Germany will probably never be reunified. -President John F. Kennedy to his aides, 1 June 1961

Berlin is the most dangerous place in the world. The USSR wants to perform an operation on this soft spot to eliminate this thorn, this ulcer. -Premier Nikita Krushchev to President John F. Kennedy at their Vienna Summit, June 1961

Berlin Wall Detail # 3, from The Wall, Niederkirchner Strasse, Berlin 2010

The two image details shown here are taken from my photograph entitled The Wall, Niederkirchner Strasse. The original photograph is a construction, not a stitch. It measures eight feet long and is currently on view in my exhibition CITIES OF STONE – PEOPLE OF DUST at the Red Wall Gallery in Ottawa until September 2nd.

This photograph is intended to simulate a walk along the Berlin Wall today, 50 years after it first appeared. I plan to post two different details everyday this week, leading up to Saturday when I will post the entire image at 2 a.m. to coincide with the time that the Berlin Wall was born on August 13th, 1961.

Berlin Wall Detail # 4, from The Wall, Niederkirchner Strasse, Berlin 2010

© Leslie Hossack

August 8, 2011: The Berlin Wall marks its 50th anniversary later this week.

The booming economy in West Germany, which is visible to every citizen of the GDR, is the primary reason that in the last ten years around two million people have left our republic.  – Walter Ulbricht to Premier Nikita Krushchev, 18 January 1961

West Berlin is a bone in the throat of Soviet-American relations … If Adenauer wants to fight, West Berlin would be a good place to begin the conflict.  – Premier Nikita Krushchev to U.S. Ambassador Llewellyn Thompson, 9 March 1961

Berlin Wall Detail # 1, from The Wall, Niederkirchner Strasse, Berlin 2010

The two image details shown here are taken from my photograph entitled The Wall, Niederkirchner Strasse. The original photograph is a construction, not a stitch. It measures eight feet long and is currently on view in my exhibition CITIES OF STONE – PEOPLE OF DUST at the Red Wall Gallery in Ottawa until September 2nd.

This photograph is intended to simulate a walk along the Berlin Wall today, 50 years after it first appeared. I plan to post two different details everyday this week, leading up to Saturday when I will post the entire image at 2 a.m. to coincide with the time that the Berlin Wall was born on August 13th, 1961.

Berlin Wall Detail # 2, from The Wall, Niederkirchner Strasse, Berlin 2010

© Leslie Hossack