Remembering the II World War, the civil war in Spain and the Berlin wall. How much does it mean to walk together nowadays?
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Looking back at the path we tracked, full of good and bad things, some are unforgettable, like the war not only in Europe but everywhere. 

My childhood was shadowed by the war in Spain where my parents’ friends fought. I remember hearing the news that got to us by radio, and seeing the emotion on the adults faces. 

Later, there was the Second World War. Portugal wasn’t in it but we felt its consequences in many ways. 

I had a deep contact with the refugees.

They were, among others, my teenage friends in a small town in Portugal where I spent my holidays. 

These bonds didn’t break with the distance. 

Beyond all the horrors that war brings, the Berlin wall seemed of an awful cruelty. Not only did I see my friends leave, but also knew they had been separated back at their own country. 

We lost contact and after many years the wall fell. 

I celebrated, imagining my friends happy and reunited. 

Today, all Europe celebrates together the 20 years since the fall of the Berlin wall. 

How nice it is to walk together. 



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This story is part of the stories selected as finalists for the “Telling Europe!” Award, created within the “European Memories” project, Grundtvig Multilateral Project – 2008 – 344 / 001-001, created by UNIEDA-Italian Union of Education of Adults (coordinator), ADN – Fondazione Diaristico Nazionale-Onlus, European Information Center (BG), Danish School of Education, University of Arhus (DK), Community Development Foundation (ES), SL- sozial.label eV (DE), VIDA – Association for Intergenerational Enhancement and Active Development (PT).
It is an autobiographical narrative.


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