Welcome to Episode 13 of Cold War Conversations.
I have always been intrigued by a video posted on Youtube filmed in the 1980s by a then young US army soldier documenting his first days in Berlin for his family back at home.
Now I never dreamed that I would find, let alone talk to that soldier, but through the magic of the internet we got in contact and Michael Rafferty has agreed to give his first interview in 24 years to Cold War Conversations.
His story spans the last days of Checkpoint Charlie, from when the border was the heavily fortified barrier familiar to us from those spy films, to the opening of the wall and the unification of Germany.
I am delighted and honoured to welcome Michael Rafferty.
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Michael Rafferty & Kenneth “Casey” Beymer’s Video of his first days in Berlin filmed for his family back in the US
Favourite Cold War Film
Cold War Soundtrack
Winds of Change – The Scorpions
Looking for Freedom – David Hasselhof
Who would you like to have a Cold War Conversation with?
Frank Howley – First Us Army Berlin Commander
The Wall – The Peoples Story by Christopher Hilton
Berlin Command by Frank Howley