On This Day in 1961

The Berlin Wall was erected. Actually, in the very beginning, it wasn’t a wall at all — it was simply barbed wire. It lent itself to scenes like this, East German Soldier Flees to the West of East German border guards easily escaping to the West. It’s been 46 years since then, and we continue to blindly build walls, thinking it will solve our conflicts (see Cyprus, Northern Ireland, Israel or Iraq). Of course, a wall has never solved a conflict, only delayed and complicated its resolution.

Perhaps in November, on the anniversary of the Berlin Wall’s fall, I’ll write more about this, one of my “favorite” subjects. But until then, you’ll have to make do wondering, like me, how middle-aged Swede Eija-Riitta Eklöf-Berliner-Mauer celebrates today. Ms. Eklöf-Berliner-Mauer, a self-described “objectum-sexual,” claims to have been married to the Wall since 1979. That makes today her hubby’s birthday. Do you suppose she bakes a cake? (If you have access to a library, you can read more about objectum sexuality in the short, original article, “Relations with Concrete Others: (or, How We Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Berlin Wall)” by Dominic Pettman and Justin Clemens.)


5 Responses to On This Day in 1961

  1. Dana says:

    Exactly how did Ms. Eklöf-Berliner-Mauer and the Wall meet? Was she on vacation? Was it a whirlwind romance, or did she come back many times? What romantic gestures did the Wall make to win her heart? Does she now live in Berlin, or does their relationship remain long-distance? And how did the fall of the Wall effect their relationship? Is she now a widow? There are so many questions here!

  2. poetloverrebelspy says:

    The only quotation I have in my paper about her feelings is this:
    “In my case I am in love with the Berlin Wall. WHY I love exactly the Berlin Wall, and find other constructions attractive, has to do with their way of looking, their construction and what they really are. Other than that I can only speculate, I do not know exactly why the Berlin Wall.”

  3. Dana says:

    Hmph. That is quite devoid of all juicy details. We must make up the story of their courtship ourselves!

  4. Stan Johns says:

    A good friend of mine’ who was brought up on the East side of said wall, is surprised that people even now want to go after those who made laws in the GDR to shoot anyone trying to escape over it. It happened, it’s finished and she’s moved on to make the most of the wall’s demise. Though she only has good memories of living in the East, others clearly have worse ones.

    As for loving a wall…I know of plenty now (related to said friend) who cry over it now that it has gone, or the life that went with it when it fell.

    All the best,


  5. Mary says:

    This made me think of the childhood taunt “If you love it so much, why don’t you marry it?”

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