Ceramic Mug, 'Brandenburg Gate'
A Monumental Memorial and Living Memory
For almost 30 years (1961-1989) the Brandenburg Gate was the symbol of division not only between the two German states, pulled apart as a result of WWII, but also between the Democratic West and the Communist East. When J.F. Kennedy on 26 June 1963 said in the square near the Rathaus Schöneberg, Berlin that we would 'never have another day like this one, as long as we live', triggered by the crowed that welcomed him, it was only the preface to his words that he spoke against the dividing wall: 'Two thousand years ago the proudest boast was Civis Romanus Sum (I am a Roman citizen). Today, in the world of freedom, the proudest boast is "Ich bin ein Berliner!" All free men, wherever they may live, are citizens of Berlin, and, therefore, as a free man, I take pride in the words "Ich bin ein Berliner!"' Still today, these words are engraved in the minds of people from around the world.
Ever since, the Brandenburg Gate remained one of Berlin's best known monuments. Since 1989, this memorial turned into a living memory of shame and fame, a politics of inhuman behaviour and of people's courage to overcome whatever is build against them. Today, the old 'death-strip' has given place to the Holocaust memorial. And German's President Richard von Weizsackers words were widened: The German question has become the question of an open world, and the opened Brandenburg Gate reminds of the importance of freedom in it.
The history of the Brandenburg Gate
a neoclassical arch of triumph it was erected instead of a city gate on the road towards Brandenburg, the capital now of the Brandenburg land, close to the German parliament, the famous Reichstag. Behind it stretches the Highstreet, Unter den Linden, leading to the Humboldt University and behind it the old (and being re-built) castle of the former monarchy.
Our ceramic mug Brandenburg Gate
- Measurements: Height : 10.5 cm, diameter: 9,5 cm
- Material: high-quality china mug with bright white shards of porcelain
- Made in Germany
- Shaped mug with curved mouth edge
- Decorated by hand
- Elaborate ceramic screen printing
- The porcelain cups are full surface decorated by the mouth rim to the foot of the cup
- Dishwasher safe