Hasselhoff Joins Campaign to Save Berlin Wall

Created: 2013-03-19 01:01 EST

Category: Entertainment

David Hasselhoff joined a campaign in Germany on Sunday to keep what remains of the Berlin Wall as a monument.

Local developers had originally planned to demolish parts of the former Cold War symbol to make way for a new building.

Cheered on by thousands of mostly young protesters who want the Wall to stay how it is, "The Hoff" performed his former hit song "Looking for Freedom" from the back of a van, singing into a megaphone.

Hasselhoff recalled the time he sang in 1989 on the Berlin Wall.

[David Hasselhoff, Actor and Pop Star]:
"I was honoured in 1989 to sing on the Wall. It was a big surprise to me when they called and asked if I could sing on New Year's Eve and I said, only if I can sing on the Wall, knowing they would say no. And they said we need to get (then West German Chancellor) Helmut Kohl and (then East German leader Erich) Honecker to say yes. Both chancellors had to say yes. They called back two days later and they said yes."

Speaking to reporters in a music club adjacent to the former barrier that divided East and West Germany, the former Baywatch star said that as soon as he first heard about the campaign to save the Berlin Wall, he decided to join.

[David Hasselhoff, Actor and Pop Star]:
"My children came over here and walked the Wall. They know people will share the stories and they realise the severity of it. And the fact that it keeps the memories of all the families, the thousands and thousands of families that were torn apart alive."

Some 6,000 people recently demonstrated to keep the part of the Berlin Wall known as "East Side Gallery" intact after German media reported that investors had planned the construction of a 400 foot high building.

Those plans would have required the demolition of part of the monument.

According to media reports, such demolitions are currently no longer planned.