When the Cold War split Berlin in half, between East and West, one neighbourhood was trapped in the middle, and became a symbol of Cold War tensions.
For more than twenty years, the hamlet of Steinstuecken was caught in a tug-of-war between the Americans, the Soviets and the East Germans.
Steinstuecken officially belonged to the U.S. Occupation Sector of Berlin. But, it was located outside the city boundaries, completely surrounded by East German territory. No West Berlin-owned roads or trails connected it to the city. It was a de facto Western island in a Communist sea.
We speak with Don Smith the author of Steinstuecken: A Little Pocket of Freedom which describes the challenges America faced in occupied Berlin and the courage so many West Berliners showed when facing East German soldiers on a daily basis.
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