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Rostropovich at the Berlin Wall
One morning in November of 1989, Mstislav Rostropovich was listening to the radio in his apartment in Paris when he heard a news report that crowds of freedom-hungry demonstrators were gathered at the Berlin Wall. The great world-renowned cellist flew immediately to Berlin. He borrowed a chair from a guard and played Bach's Second Suite right at "Checkpoint Charlie". Exiled by the Soviet regime, he fought for art without borders, freedom of speech, and democratic values.