November 9, 2009, - 2:25 pm

The Berlin Wall’s Last Prisoner

By Debbie Schlussel


As you, no doubt, know, today is the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, which began to come down on November 9, 1989.  I’m glad it came down and that Communism fell in Europe.  However, perhaps instead of saying, “Mr. Gorbachev, tear down that wall,” President Ronald Reagan should have said, “European Nations, erect walls on your borders,” as now most of Europe is infected with a growing and dominant Islam.  The weeds have taken over the field.


Still, in recognition of the fall of the Wall, it’s interesting to note tht the wall has one last prisoner, the deer, which won’t go near it or cross it.  The Wall Street Journal had an interesting story on it, last week.  An excerpt, below, made me wonder when PETA will blame man for this, as they do with every other form of trumped up animal “suffering.”  But, then, I remembered that these were Communists that erected the Wall–one of the few forms of homosapien, other than Muslims, that PETA won’t denounce.

If you enjoy wildlife and the great outdoors, as I do, you’ll like this:

It has been 20 years since the Berlin Wall fell. But deep in the forest here, a red deer called Ahornia still refuses to cross the old Iron Curtain.

Ahornia inhabits the thickly wooded mountains along what once was the fortified border between West Germany and Czechoslovakia. At the height of the Cold War, a high electric fence, barbed wire and machine-gun-carrying guards cut off Eastern Europe from the Western world. The barriers severed the herds of deer on the two sides as well.

The fence is long gone, and the no-man’s land where it stood now is part of Europe’s biggest nature preserve. The once-deadly border area is alive with songbirds nesting in crumbling watchtowers, foxes hiding in weedy fortifications and animals not seen here for years, such as elk and lynx.

But one species is boycotting the reunified animal kingdom: red deer.

Herds of them roam both sides of the old NATO-Warsaw Pact border here but mysteriously turn around when they approach it. This although the deer alive today have no memory of the ominous fence.

Ahornia, a doe with a grayish-brown winter coat and a light patch around her tail, was born 18 years after the fence came down. . . . Ahornia grazes on the Western side but stops when she nears the border, her world ending where the Free World once did.

“The wall in the head is still there,” says Tom Synnatzschke, a German producer of nature films who has worked in area. . . .

“In the past, the deer didn’t go to the Czech side because of the fence,” says Marco Heurich, a wildlife biologist who runs the animal tracking project in the Bavarian Forest National Park in Germany. “Now the fence is gone but they still stop at the border.”

One reason, he says, is that deer have traditional trails, passed on through the generations, with a collective memory that their grounds end at the erstwhile barrier.

With the way Europe is submitting to a new form of tyranny under a growing Muslim population, it looks like only wildlife have a memory for what life is like without freedom. How sad.

*** UPDATE: Common Cents has video of the fall of the wall. ***

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5 Responses

The difference between human beings and animals is the latter are forever trapped by the sum of their inborn programming. They can do no more than what their instincts tell them. Human beings on the other hand have free choice. But some people think its too hard and we should be more like the beasts in living a regimented existence.

Now THAT’s sad!

NormanF on November 9, 2009 at 3:06 pm

Those cute red deer have much more sense than humans. There’s probably a spiritual presence that people don’t sense. If however enough muslims populate one side. I’m sure the deer will have the good sense to cross over.

GBo on November 9, 2009 at 3:07 pm

But has Communism really fallen in Europe? Given the dominant PC in Europe at this time, and the kowtowing to the Russians and Muslims, the Commies really, in a sense, wound up winning. Europe managed to turn victory into defeat.

Little Al on November 9, 2009 at 6:17 pm

Very nice lead, Debbie, and I like the way you worked in a little bit of radical-Muslim-awareness sentiment.

Europe is a crystal ball for America. Look to Europe for our future, if we continue to allow unimpeded immigration of Muslims. They do not assimilate into their host societies; they infiltrate and multiply, and as they grow stronger, they demand that their host societies accommodate them with ever-increasing Muslim laws and traditions. But it is not just accommodation, since it ultimately becomes Muslim tyranny and oppression of all other faiths and lifestyles.

Our willingness to live and let live, and our open culture makes us extremely susceptible to this insidious takeover.

Perhaps only a severe tragedy will give us the real shock which we need to awake from our stupor. I hope that it isn’t the simultaneous detonation of nuclear devices in multiple American cities, as is the dream of Osama Bin Laden. For as is obvious from this most recent tragedy, people are far too willing to make excuses, rather than facing hard facts.

Michael P. Sakowski on November 9, 2009 at 11:47 pm

With all the speeches having to do with the fall of the wall
20 years ago it’s amazing that none of the big shot principals
involved are mentioning the guy who had the most to do with
the collapse: Ronald Reagan. On a trip to Central Europe a
couple of years ago I noticed that our German guide gave Gorby
all the credit for the wall coming down and I’ll give him credit for not ordering the troops in to stop it, but Ronald
Reagan created the impetus for the collapse of the Eastern bloc
and if you read the press releases of this event it was like he
had no bearing whatsoever. Typical Western journalism.

Daniel on November 10, 2009 at 4:03 pm

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