A Piece Of The Berlin Wall Is Hiding At A Sydney Warehouse
Tucked away in an unremarkable corner outside a warehouse in western Sydney stands a hugely significant artefact.
For almost two decades, a four- metre tall, three-tonne piece of the Berlin Wall has been housed in Blacktown.
The piece of history represents the physical and symbolic division between Germany's communist east and democratic west. It was shipped from Berlin to Sydney by an unknown German businessman who was renting the warehouse.
Raymond Chim and his family became defacto caretakers of the concrete structure when their tenant moved out, leaving his treasure behind.
Chim said it has now become part of the furniture.
"We assumed he'd eventually come back for it ... because it wasn't directly getting in our way, we just left it here," he told 10 First.
The bizarre acquisition is so unbelievable that he often gets a similar response from his friends:
"You have a piece of the Berlin Wall in your warehouse? Ahh what?"
Chim recognised he is one of the lucky ones.
"Very few people are going to be able to say they've had the Berlin Wall in their warehouse for 20 years, so yes I would say it's lucky, but I think I'm more just honoured," he said.
Eventually, Chim decided the treasure needed a better home and advertised the piece online.
"It's not where it deserves to be; it's in the middle of nowhere," he said.
German language school, the Goethe-Institut, in Sydney's easten suburbs soon found out about it. The school has made arrangements with a German transport firm to move the huge structure to its new home on council land this Monday -- free of charge.
The Goethe-Institut's Jochen Gutsch said the move will help to "share a little bit of [our] history".
"It enables us ... to celebrate together with the Australian people the positive side of the wall which is the fact that it's not there anymore," Gutsch said.
Christian Harders, Managing Director of transport firm Henning Harders said the project was an honour, and a privilege.
"It's a bit of money but in the big scheme of things I'm just very, very happy to be helping out," Harders said.
The artefact will be unveiled on November 23. Woollahra councillor Anthony Morano said he's looking forward to its arrival.
The new home will allow for a better look at the western side of the wall which is graffitied with the German words "everyone is powerful".
Its new caretakers hope it'll be a lasting legacy proving barriers can always be broken down.
"Hopefully we'll build fewer walls in the future and knock a few down," Gutsch said.