Wednesday, November 16, 2016

The Leipzig Vampire; the Leipzig Quixote

I came to Leipzig in eastern Germany because when I was 9 years-old, I read a book called "The Leipzig Vampire." Honestly, that was the sole reason I had decided I visit the city.

 But in my travels and visit here, I came to learn that Leipzig was the heart and catalyst of the peaceful revolution of 1989 that brought down communist East Germany.

And this non-violent revolution was borne out of peaceful prayer meetings that led to protests, and unsanctioned street music concerts of civil disobedience against the German Democratic Republic.

At the time, the leader of East Germany, Erich Honecker said: ''Any attempt by imperialism to
destabilize socialist construction or slander its achievements is now and in the future nothing more than Don Quixote's futile running against the steadily turning sails of a windmill,''

Honecker and the GDR are long gone--it looks like Don Quixote won.

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