Escaping from Cold War Romania


Zsolt Akos Pall was 17 when he decided to flee Cold War Romania for a better life in the West.  

It’s a heart-warming story of the generosity of strangers. Young Zsolt finds compassionate border guards, gets lost in Vienna and has incredible luck wherever he turns as he negotiates the iron curtain as well as many other international borders to reach his brother in Sweden 

Listen on Apple PodcastsListen on SpotifyListen on Google Podcasts

However, his escape is bittersweet as we hear of his emotional farewell to his parents, not knowing if he’d ever see them again.

Cold War history is disappearing; however, a simple monthly donation will keep this podcast on the air. You’ll get a sought after CWC coaster as a thank you and you’ll bask in the warm glow of knowing you are helping to preserve Cold War history. 

Just go to

If a financial contribution is not your cup of tea, then you can still help us by leaving written reviews wherever you listen to us as well as sharing us on social media. It really helps us get new guests on the show.

I am delighted to welcome Zsolt to our Cold War conversation…

If you can’t wait for next week’s episode do visit our Facebook discussion group where guests and listeners continue the Cold War Conversation. Just search Cold War Conversations in Facebook.

Thank you very much for listening. It is really appreciated.

Have a look at our store and find the ideal gift for the Cold War enthusiast in your life? Just go to


Podchaser - Cold War Conversations