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If socialism is so great, why were we all so ecstatic when the Berlin Wall fell?

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Today is the 32nd anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. It is considered a landmark event in that it signified the collapse of the Iron Curtain that had descended upon Europe after World War II. It was the beginning of the end for communism’s ferocious grip on Central and Eastern Europe.

Americans remember this event, but it represents so much more to those that lived in the region at the time. This was a lesson I learned when I fell in love with a Bulgarian woman.

It is often said that love can be both a great educator and great motivator. I just never expected it to apply to history. Last autumn, I was dating Maria, a woman originally from Sofia, Bulgaria. While driving around Philadelphia one night on our way to dinner, she put on a song in the car and told me the most interesting story behind it. "This was the song that we played when we heard about the news of the Berlin Wall falling," I remember her telling me. "It was played everywhere throughout the country, and everyone was singing in the streets because we were all so happy it was over."

For the life of me, I cannot recall anything about the song. But I do remember the look in her........

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