Decision to not use violence.

From Willy Brandt’s 28 Oct 1969 address to the Bundestag:

“It is this government’s firm conviction that the policy of abstaining from violence, a policy that respects our partners’ territorial integrity, is a crucial contribution toward a détente in Europe. Abstentions from violence would create an atmosphere that enables further steps.

“This objective is also served by joint efforts to promote trade, technical cooperation and cultural exchange.”

(Geh VAULT fair tsichh t.)

“Wir wollen ein Volk der guten Nachbarn werden, nach innen und nach aussen.”

“We want to become a people who are good neighbors, inside and outside our country.”

The last sentence concluding Willy Brandt’s address to the Bundestag on 28 Oct 1969.

“XV. Dedication to democracy.

“This government will not humor people, telling them only what they want to hear. It will demand a lot, not only from others but from itself as well. It will set concrete goals. These goals can only be achieved if a few things change in burghers’ relationship to their country and to their government.

“In democracy, a government can only be successfully effective if that government is carried by burghers’ democratic dedication and involvement. We have as little need for blind acceptance as our population has little need for splayed dignity and regal distance. We are not seeking admirers; we need people who think critically along with us, co-decide and share the responsibility.

“This government’s confident self-awareness will externalize in the form of tolerance. Therefore it will also appreciate the solidarity demonstrated by criticism. We are not the select; we are elected. That is why we seek dialog with everyone willing to make efforts for this democracy.

“In the last few years, some people in this country feared the second German democracy would go the way of the first one. I never believed this. I believe it less today than ever before.

“No. We are not at the end of our democracy. We’re just getting started. We want to become a people who are good neighbors, inside and outside our country.”

(Veer   VOLE en   eye n   FOLK   dare   goot en   NOCHH bar-r-r n   vair den,   nochh   inn en   oont   nochh   OW! sen.)

“Wir wollen mehr Demokratie wagen.”

“We want to dare more democracy,” the most famous line in Willy Brandt’s wonderful state-of-the-nation address to the Bundestag after he was sworn in as chancellor in 1969. Mr. Brandt would have turrned 100 on 18 Dec 2013.

“Our population, like all other populations, needs its internal order. But in the 1970’s, in this country, we will only have as much order as we inspire in the form of shared co-responsibility. Such democratic order requires extraordinary patience in listening to and extraordinary efforts to understand each other.

“We want to dare more democracy. We will open up how we work and we will satisfy the critical need for information. We will work toward the end that, by listening in the Bundestag, by constant contact with the representative groups amongst our population and by comprehensively providing information about government policy, every burgher will have the opportunity to participate in the reforms to our state and our society.

“We are turning to the generations who grew up in peace, who are not burdened with the mortgages borne by the older people, and who must not be burdened with them; to the young people who want to take us at our word and who should do so. But these young people must also understand that they too have obligations to our government and society.”

(Veer   VOLE en   MARE   dame awk rah TEE   VOGG en.)


The “knee fall.”

Willy Brandt (whose birth name was Herbert Frahm), had a difficult childhood and fled as a young socialist to Oslo in 1933, tasked with starting an underground cell there to fight Hitler. He was able to start studying history in Oslo, after never being able to afford college in his native Germany. In 1936 he briefly returned to Nazi Germany posing as a war reporter with a Norwegian accent. He also reported from the Spanish Civil War. In 1940 he was arrested in occupied Norway but managed to flee to Sweden, where he founded a Norwegian-Swedish press agency that supplied news to 70 dailies.

In 1940, Brandt had a daughter in Stockholm who was named Ninja.

Brandt returned to Germany in 1945 to report on the Nuremberg Trials. He assumed a cover name he had been using since 1934, “Willy Brandt,” and moved to Berlin because it was a bit more cosmopolitan.

After becoming a Bundestag member (SPD), the mayor of West Berlin, foreign minister, and the Chancellor of Germany (slogan: “Dare more democracy”), Willy Brandt traveled to Poland in 1970 and fell to his knees to demonstrate sorrow at a monument commemorating the Warsaw ghetto uprising of 1943. This is called the Kniefall in German and was made with great respect.

(Derk NEE foll.)


“Fire protection system,” fire safety system. The most expensive failure at Berlin’s new airport, blamed for over a trillion euros in unplanned costs and delays of more than a year. It seems the Willy Brandt airport’s architects decided traditional smoke extraction systems, in the form of vents and fans hung under the airport’s ceilings, where smoke actually rises to, would put too many ugly ducts in view. They decided to run the smoke extraction system under the airport’s flooring, necessitating extra-powerful fans and kilometers of conduits for the extra cabling required. But apparently construction proceeded too rapidly while these design decisions were being taken, and communication with the construction side was poor, because the in-floor smoke extraction system was built without conduits for all its cables. The airport’s floors are now being torn up to create these. A new top manager has been brought in, with experience from large projects at Frankfurt/Main airport. He says things are going to work out fine.

A similar jaw-dropping story happened when the well-known Kassel-Wilhelmshöhe high-speed train station was built.

(BROND shoots on log eh.)


“Plan determination process.” People living near Berlin’s new Willy Brandt Airport are trying get a court order to change the proposed landing paths, by petitioning for a new Planfeststellungsverfahren.

(Plon FEST shtell oongz fer FAR en.)

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