For the past 10 years, 14 white crosses in the heart of Berlin have marked the lives of those who died trying to cross from east to west. Over the weekend, they disappeared, replaced with empty black metal frames and a note: “There’s no thinking going on here.”

On Monday, the crosses resurfaced, not in Germany but on walls and fences that mark the very outer edges of Europe, in Greece, Bulgaria and Melilla, on the north African coast. A performance art group called the Centre for Political Beauty claimed to have organised the stunt.

Berlin Wall cross

In a video statement, the group criticised what it said was Europe’s hypocrisy in fortifying its borders in the south just as it celebrated the fall of an old border in the east.

On Friday, two days before the 25th anniversary of the fall of the wall, the group plans to send up to three coachloads of people from Berlin to the Mediterranean, to “tear down the European wall”. Its crowdfunding page carries Ikea-style instructions on how to dismantle a wire fence with a bolt-cutter and an angle grinder.

“We may not shoot people trying to leave our countries and yet we have more people dying trying to cross European borders than ever before,” said Philipp Ruch, one the project’s instigators. More than 3,000 migrants have died trying to cross the Mediterranean this year alone, according to the International Organisation for Migration.

Asked whether he planned to return the crosses to Berlin, Ruch said: “You’ll have to ask the crosses themselves. All we know is that they weren’t prepared to take part in the festivities.”

He said the crosses had been handed over to a group of Malian refugees in the forests of Mount Gurugu, outside Melilla, some of whom had spent the past two years trying to cross an eight-metre fence into Spanish territory.

The stunt drew criticism from the director of the Berlin Wall Foundation, Axel Klausmeier, who said he sympathised with the motives but “could not approve” of the memorial being used for political ends.

“Each of the crosses is in memory of a wall victim with their own fate, their own motives for the attempted escape with their own lives. Those who demand more respect for the dignity of human individuals–which we supported wholeheartedly–should also respect the dignity of the individual victims of the wall,” Klausmeier said.

The Centre for Political Beauty has a history of controversial acts. In 2009, it auctioned the German chancellor, Angela Merkel, on eBay. This year, it organised an X Factor-style audition for Syrian refugees in the German capital.

Ingo Krüger, whose cross appears above.

Ingo Krüger, whose cross appears above.

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  • They can’t tell the difference between a wall that keeps people in and a wall (not really) that keeps people out?

    • Ambrose

      Is there really a difference? A wall is meant to restrict the movement of people. I think they are perfectly sensible in their opinion.

      • Do you not know the difference between the definitions of “in” and “out?”

        • evilsandmich

          Someone glue Ambrose in his house, it’ll keep people from breaking in (in theory).

      • JohnEngelman

        The Berlin Wall kept people in. Now Europeans want to keep blacks out.

        It is perfectly sensible for blacks to try to move to white countries. They cannot create viable societies in their societies. For that same reason it is perfectly sensible for the whites to keep the blacks out.

        Everywhere blacks go they carry with them the problems they are trying to escape from.

      • Luca

        So whats the difference between people lawfully entering a country and hordes of third-world dregs trespassing and sucking an economy dry?

        If there is no difference in your mind then I recommend you take you doors off your house and let any old beggar come in and make himself at home while you support him. Is there really a difference between a house guest and a trespasser?

        • Ambrose

          How much did you pay to buy your country? Plus, if my actions were somehow directly or indirectly responsible for the conditions that lead to the beggar’s indigence, then I would have a moral responsibility to help that beggar. I thought empathy is a quality that we whites should be proud of.

          • I have a lock on my front door because I purchased my home and do not want to share either it or its contents with uninvited strangers.

          • Jim

            You’re confusing “empathy” with “foolish gullibility”.

          • superlloyd

            Ultimately, the beggar is responsible for his own indigence. I may be my brother’s keeper and hence the beggar’s keeper but my brother is white and not a third world negro immigrant of an inferior culture, whose failures we cannot be held accountable for.

          • TruthBeTold

            How many of these people are you housing in your own home right now?

          • Luca

            I served my country in the armed forces, I like to think of that as a payment of sorts.

            The modern-day citizenry of Europe have done nothing directly or indirectly to feel empathy or responsibility towards Africans who are stone-aged violent beggars.

            There is a difference between empathy and insanity. When your over-developed sense of empathy leads you done the path of self destruction of your country and culture, you need to seriously question your sanity.

          • OS-Q

            My ancestors paid for me, in more ways than one.

          • DonReynolds

            I never met anyone quite so completely insane as you seem to be … that comment.

          • UncleSham

            What did you do to cause the poverty in Africa? I know I didn’t cause it.

          • Rhialto

            Empathy is a “quality” that the enemies of White men use to manipulate White men.

            As Black men have told me on many occasions, “You got your family; you got your gang, that’s all you really care about.” Since it came from Blacks, Liberals should pay some attention.

          • archer

            You can have empathy and still be practical, you could feed them in
            their own country much, much cheaper than in a first world country.

          • R L Buds

            How much did we pay? We built the place, so i’d say a lot.

            Your second point is valid; our actions have caused many problems in africa. We send billions in aide and enable them to breed out of control by keeping them fed.

          • Whiteplight sees the Emperor N

            Empathy is a virtue, but it can also be a weakness. I am amazed that you cannot detect the huge game being played with that white weakness for so long. Your thinking is skewed – imbalanced.

            Whether your (whites) actions were responsible for any conditions that lead to a “beggars” indigence is a matter of debate. Just because the Leftist world view has prevailed doesn’t make it so or even a defensible fact. The fact is that Europeans spread civilization to many regions of the world and without that these regions would be far less advanced than they are today, especially India and Africa (as bad as Africa is). In particular, the British ended slavery in Africa through no little letting of their own blood. The bitter LOL here is that you don’t even recognize the billions of dollars and white human sacrifices still being made to lift up Africa out of its own continual self-inflicted misery.

            One big lesson: If you bring the patient into your home, you will find your home a hospital with no space to produce the things you need personally to provide care at the real hospital. Next, you become a patient yourself. The industrial nations have been taking in patients into the home. This will cause complete failure eventually.

          • M&S

            Not if it hurts us more than it saves the beggar.
            Because the beggar could easily be who he is by wont of drug abuse, mental illness, or bad social habits as crime or spendthrift.
            For whites to take pity on other whites in these circumstances, putting them in public housing, is for whites to improve the empathy within their racial group by whose trust we are made STRONG against the outer Horde populations.
            There is no cause for blanket endorsement of universal ’empahty’ when whites are already the minority population and blacks, browns and Asians control so many resources.
            They _know_ they cannot get it from amongst each other and do not doubt or challenge their right to have it as a function of never asking for what will not be given from a much larger resource pool.
            They come to whites instead because they see in us a weakness to their own predatory ’empathy’ as projective dominance instinct.
            Stop pretending that whites are the problem Guest. Start looking at the demographics of the planet where we are only 16% of the population and ask how long it would take a man who makes a dollar a day or even a dollar a month to set up another man _for life_. If he is one of 6 billion same-skin others.
            Blacks need to plant their buckets where they stand and stop pretending the world owes them a damn thing. Because they aren’t asking The World for charity.
            They are demanding tribute from whites. And we are tired of their snide arrogance.

          • Barbouze

            Empathy with one’s own kind is acceptable.

      • Tim_in_Indiana

        Anybody too stupid to see the difference between something that keeps people in and out must also be too stupid to lock their doors at night.

      • APaige

        There is a big difference. It is the same as the difference between not letting you in my house and not letting you leave my house. One is my right and the other is a crime. It just depends on what side of the door you are on.

      • E7 sharp 9

        The people who braved the dangers of escaping East Germany to enjoy the benefits of West Germany brought with them the skills and behaviors that contributed to the society they were crossing the Wall to join. Can the same be said for the Africans who want to enjoy the benefits of sneaking into a developed European country?

      • Bobbala


      • Jesse_from_Sweden

        A wall to keep people from coming inside is a wall of a house.

        A wall to keep people inside from getting out is a prison wall.

        See the difference between the two?

      • M&S

        Is there really a difference…
        Yes. When you apply realistic valuation scales to the quality of the people and use those rights of association as the means to deny them the social property as welfare support of outsiders breaking into the house of Europe.
        Whites do not seek to move to Africa, not because Africa is a hole but because it belongs to Africans with whom we want NOTHING TO DO.
        Africans, who cannot or will not make of Africa a home like the White Europe, despite huge, shared, resource pools, with a common genetic population much closer to home, instead attempt to invade Europe.
        Refusing to consider that it is their lower quality that we have a right to refuse as stupidity, lack of social uplift potential, criminality, aggressive impulse and high birthrates.
        There is only one commonality between blacks being thieves, like usual, and the horrific plight of Germans, wanting to be free of oppression from the East.
        The IGB or Intra German Boundary was set up by a FOREIGN POWER, whose modern subjugation of Eastern Europe for 40 years began in 1939 when they invaded Poland in cooperation with the Wehrmacht. They were rewarded for their initial evil in 1945, not because they were deserved to rape and pillage the non-Slavic populations of Eastern Europe who were as much victims as them.
        But because Roosevelt was weak, at Yalta.
        So too are those who demand the right to other people’s property and lifestyle acting, not in the best interest of those people but their own totalitarian beliefs in a racial right of access as the opportunity to steal what they refuse to make, simply because they are too barbaric to know how.
        Good fences make good neighbors. Stay the hell away from us you arrogant hypocrites.

      • Barbouze

        They’ve got no right to complain about anything. Nobody asked them to come here. If they don’t like it they know what they can do.

    • Speedy Steve

      It depends on which way the razor ribbon will cause the most damage.

  • IstvanIN

    The Bulgarian, Greek and Spanish governments should make these people disappear without a trace.

  • WR_the_realist

    So allowing the Germans to be reunited into one country means we must now allow Europe to be overrun by overpopulating Africa? The logic of the left is breathtaking.

    • Ike Eichenberg

      I always use quotes around logic when speaking of the left, but otherwise an excellent point.

  • MekongDelta69

    Will these African thugs be arrested and indicted?

    Nah – Not a chance. They’re ‘perpetually oppressed’ blacks. Mustn’t harm the poor dears…

  • Truthseeker

    This makes me sick. These “artists” are traitors to Europe and should be expelled. They’re throwing the pearls of our heritage before the swine of the Third World. Why don’t we banish them to Africa, to live among the kind of people they want to let in? I’m sure they’d be much happier there.

  • Separating Germans from Germans via a wall was immoral.

    Separating blacks from whites is moral. Blacks can never adopt to the white man’s world. it’s beyond their capability, both intellectually and morally.

    No people is obligated to sign its death warrant. Every black admitted to Europe is another signature on the death warrant of the white race.

  • dmxinc

    What an ugly looking bunch of guys.

    Add that to your gene pool Germany. Insane.

    • Ella

      Ouch, that hurt!

  • superlloyd

    The people of Europe should be protesting about Europe’s open borders and removing the third world dregs that are polluting the continent.

  • dd121

    Hope they all get Ebola for interfering in European affairs.

    • Tim_in_Indiana

      Only if they’re forced to go back to Africa.

  • TruthBeTold

    Ungrateful scum.

  • Conrad

    “Africans say Europe’s borders are the equivalent of the Berlin Wall.”
    From Wiki –
    “Between 1961 and 1989, the wall prevented almost all such emigration.[5] During this period, around 5,000 people attempted to escape over the wall, with an estimated death toll of from 136[6] to more than 200[7] in and around Berlin.”
    Quite a bit fewer than the numbers of non-whites that have already entered white homelands.

    • DonReynolds

      Much fewer than the number of Europeans (or Americans) who have been murdered by the uninvited guests from the Third World.

  • Steven Barr

    The movement of Africans to Europe and the zero movement in the opposite direction is quite similar to the situation between East and West Germany.

    • Bobbala

      White racism pays. Holding your hand out to a negro just gets you a dumb look, if you are lucky.

  • Usually Much Calmer

    They wear European history like they wear Indian hair.

  • Valmont

    To put it into terms a Leftist can understand, this is Third World imperialism in the First World.

  • E7 sharp 9

    What is wrong with Nigers staying in Niger?

  • E7 sharp 9

    The African on the far left in the picture looks like the subject of a Jane Goodall documentary

  • DonReynolds

    Afrikans are clearly too dog stupid to see the difference between a (Berlin) wall to keep people IN the country and another wall (Great Wall of China) intended to keep people out of a country.
    Likewise, prison walls exist to keep people IN. The walls of my home are there to keep everyone else OUT. None of us are prisoners, we can leave our country anytime we care to……but that does not mean we want our homes invaded (or our homeland).

  • Caucasoid88

    Borders are racist. Why do Third World immigrants come to white countries, where it’s infinitely better than theirs, and try to destroy the reason they wanted to come in the first place?

    Centre for Political Beauty? The politics of the West were beautiful until you came along.

    • Bobbala

      One of these days they’ll capture the white man’s juju and take it back to Africa. Then they will have the space program, the sanitation, the food, the clean water, …

  • LHathaway

    How much did Merkel go for?

  • none of your business

    Yuck!!!! Why do you keep posting pictures of those creatures? Reminds me of the “great migration” when the plague crossed the Mason Dixon line in the 1940’s to destroy the northern cities.

  • Bobbala

    Abstract concepts like “keep invaders out” vs. “keep prisoners in” are just beyond the negro mind …

  • benvad

    Instead of aid let whites govern the countries these idiots are from? We’ll do a good job, they’ll have lives and we won’t be inundated with their culture.

  • Hogan

    Complete scumbags. Typical behavior of their ilk to think they are entitled to go to any country they want and take a big crap at the dinner table and expect everybody else to clean up after them.

  • Chris Granzow XI

    Nothing more than desecration of a memorial. They’re showing us just how little they respect our history, our struggles, and most of all—our ancestors.

  • thatcher76

    My prediction, this stunt will backfire big-time. It’s really offensive. You don’t have to be a real-realist to be offended by this.

  • Earl P. Holt III

    Blacks stealing the property of others is certainly a “dog bites man story”…

  • Whitesneedtobebrave

    Let Philipp Ruch keep them in his house since he is so concerned about their welfare. When they rape and beat him, then he will be shouting for their deportation.

  • Whitesneedtobebrave

    I agree. Kick those Asians out.

  • Barbouze

    How dumb can you be…Africans are not wanted in Europe. The more that drown crossing the Med the better.