Hasselhoff's New Mission: Save the Berlin Wall

He's back in Germany, singing 'Looking for Freedom' again

By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff

Posted Mar 18, 2013 8:37 AM CDT | Updated Mar 18, 2013 10:42 AM CDT

(Newser) – David Hasselhoff became a hero to many Germans when he performed his song, "Looking for Freedom," on top of the Berlin Wall in 1989; it became an anthem of the German reunification. But now the Hoff wants to save, not topple, the last standing portion of the wall: He's back in Berlin protesting the razing of the Berlin Wall's East Side Gallery by property developers.

"This last piece of the wall is really sacred, it's the last memorial to the people who died and to the perseverance of freedom," Hasselhoff says. Thousands of fans-slash-protesters were out in force at the East Side Gallery yesterday as he sang "Looking for Freedom" again, this time from a bus, the Guardian reports. Though protesters managed to get demolition suspended this month, the Hoff fears it will eventually move forward because "I don't think I can afford to buy the land," he says. "But we could raise the money—maybe we will."

David Hasselhoff speaks to the crowed from a truck as he attends a protest against the removal of a section of the East Side Gallery, a historic part of the former Berlin Wall, March 17, 2013.
David Hasselhoff speaks to the crowed from a truck as he attends a protest against the removal of a section of the East Side Gallery, a historic part of the former Berlin Wall, March 17, 2013.   (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)
David Hasselhoff, center, is surrounded by police officers as he attends a protest against the removal of a section of the East Side Gallery, a historic part of the former Berlin Wall, in Berlin, March 17, 2013.
David Hasselhoff, center, is surrounded by police officers as he attends a protest against the removal of a section of the East Side Gallery, a historic part of the former Berlin Wall, in Berlin, March...   (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)
David Hasselhoff, center, speaks to the crowed from a truck as he attends a protest against the removal of a section of the East Side Gallery, a historic part of former Berlin Wall, in Berlin, March 17, 2013.
David Hasselhoff, center, speaks to the crowed from a truck as he attends a protest against the removal of a section of the East Side Gallery, a historic part of former Berlin Wall, in Berlin, March 17,...   (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)
David Hasselhoff speaks at an event in Berlin, Germany, Sunday, March 17, 2013, protesting attempts to move one of the few remaining sections of the Berlin Wall.
David Hasselhoff speaks at an event in Berlin, Germany, Sunday, March 17, 2013, protesting attempts to move one of the few remaining sections of the Berlin Wall.   (AP Photo/Frank Jordans)
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David Hasselhoff protests the razing of the Berlin Wall.   (Associated Press)

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