Eileen – A British Student Living in Cold War East Germany

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Today we speak with Eileen Ford-Price who was British student in the GDR in the 1980s in Rostock.

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Now back to today’s episode. Eileen shares some great details with us including her reasons for being a student in the GDR. Her first journey across the border and what life was like in 1980s Rostock as a foreign student.

It’s a fascinating story that includes the Stasi’s attempt to recruit her as an informer on her fellow students.

We welcome Eileen Ford-Price

Images provided By Eileen of her time in Rostock



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A Visit to Rostock – DDR  TV programme teaching english.

Rostock in the 1970s & 80s


Fidel Castro in Rostock in the 1970s


A Danish school visit to Rostock in 1976