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03/17/2013

David Hasselhoff joins campaign to preserve section of Berlin Wall

David Hasselhoff

David Hasselhoff has put his name behind a campaign to preserve one of the few remaining sections of the Berlin Wall.

And in Germany, The Hoff's name carries weight.

The American actor best known for starring in "Knight Rider" and "Baywatch" is fondly remembered by many Germans for releasing a schmaltzy song called "Looking for Freedom" shortly before the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989.

Hasselhoff said Sunday that a real estate developer's plans to move part of the wall was "like tearing down an Indian burial ground" because of the great historical importance it had.

Berliners have rallied against the plan they say is part of a wider trend of steamrolling Berlin's tumultuous history to make way for gleaming developments in the now unified capital.

- The Associated Press

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Undoubtedly the Berlin Wall is a very significant part of German history but does it really need to remain as a reminder of the opression of East Berliners under the Russians. Germans have their freedom for several decades,I can't see what the Wall can do for them now except rememberance of a bitter past. They should move on to better things that they can do for the improvement of their future.

history cannot be ignored...it should be respected

The last thing we need is another insult to history like the current "checkpoint charlie" non sense.

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