00 – A western company doing business in East Germany

(1)When I was 12 years old TEST IAN I was 12 years old in 1956 when the revolution in Hungary took place in September. The Hungarians wanted to be free from Soviet domination. At that time – no television yet – we would listen to the radio for the news. We were hearing of the … Read more

51 – The Blood Tattoo

  Today’s episode is a bonus episode celebrating our 50th episode which came out on 23rd Feb 2019.  I honestly never thought we’d get this far, but it’s thanks to you the listener.  Your feedback and kind comments keep me going and I am delighted we appear to be keeping your interest after almost a … Read more

52- László Nagy – A Hungarian Life

      László Nagy was one of the early members of the Hungarian Democratic Forum in 1987. The HDF became Hungary’s largest political party following first free elections in 1990. In this episode we hear the story of his parent’s life in 1950’s Hungary and László’s early life including how he ended up at … Read more

37 – Antje – The Girl Behind The Wall

    Today we’re talking to Antje Arnold, author of “The Girl Behind The Wall” which tells the story of a girl growing up in East Germany in the 1980s. Now keep your finger away from the fast forward button for a minute. Hopefully some of you may noticed the improvement in sound quality on … Read more

20 – Life as a East German teenager

      Welcome to episode 20  of Cold War Conversations. Today we’re talking to Anke Holst was born in the GDR during the 1970s in Rostock. Anke has returned to Rostock after many years abroad and now provides tours of GDR sites in Rostock. Our conversation highlights how different life was in the provinces … Read more

15 – Sabine – An East German Childhood

Welcome to Episode 15 of Cold War Conversations. Today we speak to Sabine who was 13 when the Wall opened. We hear about her childhood in East Germany and gain great insight into life at the time, the pressures on her family and her first steps into West Berlin. I found Sabine’s story very personal … Read more

1960s School Road Trip across the Soviet Union

Welcome to Episode 10 of Cold War Conversations. Today we’re moving away from the GDR and Czechoslovakia to the Soviet Union. Jeremy Poynton was a 16 year old school boy in 1968 when he embarked on a memorable trip by road from Leningrad to Odessa. He vividly describes a Soviet Union still struggling with poverty and … Read more