Fall of the Berlin Wall – A Canadian Expo – Starts Thursday 6th November!

I’d not heard of the Diefenbunker until yesterday, when a Canadian source sent me an email to tell of this interesting event, which starts tomorrow and runs till the 9th November.

According to what I have found on the internet. it’s a four-story, 300 room, 100,000 square foot underground bunker, and was meant to house 535 Canadian government officials and military officers in the event of a nuclear war.



Shrouded in mystery, the Diefenbunker, nicknamed after then Prime Minister John Diefenbaker, was designed and built in secrecy during the crest of Cold War fear, between 1959 and 1961.



Aaah, Dief the Chief, Canada’s PM in the Dominion’s glory days…and simpler days, perhaps, when everyone knew where the Enemy had his HQ, in Moscow, and his agents were the Communist Party of Canada, quite easily monitored. Jihadists today are spread through the Dominion, from sea to sea, thanks to Turdeau’s multicult migration policy.

Maybe in some saner era, we’ll see a similar Museum of the War on Barbarism. 




Anyway. the Fall of the Wall of Shame deserves to be remembered. I certainly do, having criss-crossed that heinous border more than once, and then walked happily through the Brandenburg Gate with my offspring once it was breached and all Germany was free.



  • Dictatorship and Democracy in the Age of Extremes: Spotlights on the History of Europe in the Twentieth CenturyRevealing a total of 190 rare photographs, newspaper clippings and political cartoons from different European archives, this exhibition tells Europe’s dramatic story of the 20th century – a past between freedom and tyranny, democracy and dictatorship. Produced by the Institute for Contemporary History in Munich, Deutschlandradio Kultur, and the Federal Foundation for the Reappraisal of the SED Dictatorship.
  • German Canadian Graffiti Jam: The Bunker ReunionOn February 15, 2014, the Embassy of Germany to Canada and the organizers of House of PainT, Ottawa’s biggest annual urban arts festival, invited the public to a trailblazing transatlantic graffiti jam. The audience had the chance to watch Canadian and German artists hard at work creating murals commemorating the 25th anniversary of the Fall of the Berlin Wall while enjoying German beats. For 25 | Berlin, these one of a kind murals will once again be available for viewing in the Museum’s Bank of Canada Vault.
  • The Wall, Niederkirchner Strasse by Leslie HossackOttawa photographer Leslie Hossack presents a photo installation that captures a length of the Berlin Wall; a piece intended to simulate a walk along the Wall today.
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  • The events start tomorrow, but the launch is fully booked, so skip that.
  • However, no need to rush to enjoy the exhibitions. They run till March next year.