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Official wants Stones to rock Stasi archive

Published: 27 Dec 2012 12:05 GMT+01:00

In an interview with the regional daily Rheinische Post on Thursday, Jahn said it was his personal dream to have the ageing English rockers play atop the archive building in eastern Berlin.

"The Stones had special meaning for East German youth," Jahn told the paper. "Their songs symbolized freedom and self-determination."

More than two decades after the fall of the Berlin Wall, Jahn is hoping to turn the archive housing the Stasi documents into a "Campus of Democracy" to teach younger Germans about more than just communist East Germany's notorious secret police.

Jahn said he thought up the idea of the Rolling Stones concert after stumbling across files about a rumoured appearance by the band in 1969 in West Berlin right next to the Wall. Several East Germans hoping to glimpse Mick Jagger and his cohorts were rounded up and thrown in jail at the time.

"A concert on the rooftop of the former Stasi headquarters would symbolize liberation: This is where the people stormed the building and secured the files," he said.

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19:03 December 27, 2012 by Berlin fuer alles
The stones are not capable of rocking a rocking horse any more.
20:05 December 27, 2012 by Tonne
@Berlin fuer alles, you must be a Beatles fan; or you are thinking of Sir Paul McCartney!

Judging from their recent performances, the Stones are still capable of rocking whole stadia and I would look forward to their playing atop the old Stasi building. It should have happened immediately after the fall of the Wall though.
21:55 December 27, 2012 by DOZ
But the Communists would never have been there, if Germans' hadn't hugged Fascism and Nazism. Maybe you should let sleeping dogs lay and focus on a United Europe which includes all of the former USSR.
00:57 December 28, 2012 by Tonne
The Communists might not have been there had Hitler not broken the Nazi-Soviet Pact and invaded Russia, thereby opening up the Eastern Front, which weakened his control of the other invaded countries and, as a result, may have shortened the war in Europe.

Europe is generally thought to extend only as far as the Ural and Caucasus Mountains, wheras the old USSR extended into Asia to the Bering Straits. I would imagine that there are a number of the old Communist bloc countries that would strongly resist any inclusion of Russia in the EU, especially given current events.
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