45 – An East German Army Officer at the 40th anniversary parade of the GDR


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In this episode we welcome back Torsten Belger a former East German Army Officer.

Torsten was part of the 40th Anniversary Parade of the GDR which unknown to him at the time would be its last. He tells of the training for the parade and his meeting with Yasser Arafat, the Head of the Palestine Liberation Organisation.

Torsten also shares how he heard about the unrest sweeping the country and his introduction to anti-riot training.

The episode ends with Torsten telling about his gradual realisation that the country he had known his whole life was gradually falling apart.

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Now back to today’s episode.

We start with Torsten telling us about the month leading up to the parade.

We welcome back Torsten Belger


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