A piece of the Berlin Wall which was discovered in a warehouse in Sydney has been installed and opened for public display outside the Goethe-Institute in the eastern suburb of Woollahra on Saturday.
Standing at nearly 4 metres (13 feet) tall, made from concrete and weighing 2.4 tonnes, the wall is well-preserved, still displaying original graffiti with the German words, «Jeder hat Kraft», or... Еще «Everyone is powerful».
Speaking at the event, German Consul General Peter Silberberg said, «We are grateful for the support we got from our neighbours, allies and friends. In particular, from the United States of America, France, the United Kingdom, and for Mikhail Gorbachev and his policy of Glasnost and Perestroika. And it was good to see that we could also count on the support of our Australian friends.»
The official inauguration commemorates the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989.
The concrete slab was shipped to Australia in the early 1990s by businessman Peter Kubiak and was recently discovered by a friend of the owner of the warehouse where it lay forgotten for many years.