For 28 years, the Berlin Wall stood as a monument to the division between East and West. In the summer of 1989, the borders of first Hungary, then Czechoslovakia opened, and thousands of East Germans fled westward. On the 9th of November, East Germany opened the Berlin Wall and the border, allowing free passage for the first time since 1961. What was it like to live in Germany at the time? This week, we explore history within living memory!
Andrei Cherny. The Candy Bombers: The Untold Story of the Berlin Airlift and America's Finest Hour. (New York: G.P. Putnam's Sons, 2008.)
Hope Millard Harrison. Driving the Soviets Up the Wall: Soviet-East German Relations, 1953-1961. (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2003.)
Frederick Taylor. The Berlin Wall: A World Divided, 1961-1989. (New York, NY: Harper Collins, 2007.)
Music by Kevin MacLeod (www.incompetech.com)