37 – Antje – The Girl Behind The Wall

 


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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 some of the recent episodes and this is directly resulting from the support we get from our Patreons where we have invested in some new microphones.

Now you might be thinking what is this Patreon. It’s an easy way for you to support the podcast with a monthly donation of as little as a euro, a dollar or a quid  (larger amounts and other currencies are accepted too, but no Ost Marks). I’d like to thank personally  our latest supporters via Patreon. These are Dom Thorrington, Jakob Rud Bernhardt and Nick Packham  who are are helping us monthly for as little as a euro, a dollar or a quid  (larger amounts and other currencies are accepted too, but no Ost Marks). If you’d like to help keep us broadcasting and get some extras then just click here

Back to today’s epsiode. Antje’s book is from a child’s point-of-view, rather than the typical espionage stories or documentaries that portray people trying to escape socialism. The book provides a very different insight into the holidays, vacation and everyday life of a family; stories that are often left out when describing East German life.

In our conversation you will not find historical data, but you’ll travel back in time to relive the childhood memories alongside the girl behind the wall. 

We welcome Antje Arnold. 

Buy The Girl Behind the Wall here.

A press interview with Antje.

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36 – Totally East: Life in East Germany Photo Exhibition

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Today we visit the Totally East: Life in East Germany Photography Exhibition.

Run-down façades, punks and ordinary workers: This exhibition shows the works of Harald Hauswald, who documented everyday life in the GDR.

Now I know this is the point you fast forward, but before we start I’d like to thank our latest financial supporters via Patreon. These are  John Smaha, Jim Jordan, and Wayne Sherwood. They are really helping support the podcast by donating money and get access to some exclusive extras.  These donations can be as small as $1 or a quid and every donation helps keep us broadcasting and expanding the show. Just  click here 

So back to today’s episode. I walk through the exhibition with Dr Richard Millington who you will remember from our episode on the 1953 East German Uprising.  Richard has brought the exhibition to Chester and as we walk round we discuss the photos and have a wide ranging conversation about life in East Germany.

After our chat there’s some interviews with exhibition visitors who reminisce about the GDR and comment on the exhibition. We also chat with a couple of Cold War Conversations Podcast listeners who came along too.

I hope you enjoy! 

 

Buy the exhibition guide book.

The exhibition in pdf format

The Wartburg Trabant IFA Club in the UK

Grant’s Books.

BERLIN: Caught in the Mousetrap

BERLIN: Reaping the Whirlwind

 

 

 

34 – Samy – The Life of a West Berliner

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Welcome to Episode 34 of Cold War Conversations – I do hope you are enjoying the content.

Please leave reviews on itunes, or alternative podcast platforms and share us on social media. It helps raise the profile and helps us get new guests.

Today ee talk with Samy who as a native West Berliner describes growing up in the city during the 1970s and 80s.


He describes in detail the difference between West Berlin and West Germany, including its position as a “special political entity”, how the death penalty in West Berlin was only abolished in 1989 and how as a child he was obsessed with Spy movies, spy books, and Cold War activities.

Before we go further I’d like to thank all our Patreons who donate monthly to support the podcast further and get access to some exclusive extras. Luke Wooller is our latest Patreaon who pay as little as a $1 or a £1 a month to help keep us broadcasting and expanding the show.

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Ok so back to today’s episode – Samy also talks about the battle between the East and West German Sandmännchen resulting in victory for the East.


Samy joined the Red Cross post Cold War but discovered some interesting remnants of preparedness in case of another Berlin blockade including some top secret locations.


I’m sure you will enjoy his account and I am delighted to welcome Samy to Cold War Conversations.

Samy’s recommended Films for a taste of West & East Berlin.
 

 

 

 
 
West Music:
 
 
 
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In 1988, a group of young people occupy the Lenné Triangle, a plot of land that lies right by the Wall, in an attempt to stop a motorway being built there. Although the site is in West Berlin, it is actually the property of East Berlin. The occupation makes a tourist attraction of what was once just a wasteland.

Not long after the young people arrive, the Lenné Triangle is handed back to the West and several hundred police officers begin clearing the site. They fire teargas and use water cannons, and the squatters retaliate by throwing paving stones. A lot of the protestors manage to flee across the Wall to East Berlin, where they are given breakfast and later allowed to take the U-Bahn back to the West.

 

 

 

33 – Eileen – A British teacher living & working in East Berlin

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Today we speak again with Eileen Ford-Price who was an English teacher in East Berlin  in the GDR in the 1980s.

Before we start I’d also like to thank out latest reviewer in Itunes Andrew Cairnes for his five star review. Please do add reviews to your podcast providers site, it helps to spread the word.

Now back to today’s episode. Eileen shares some great details with us of working in East Berlin, with some surprising details. Eileen also generously reveals details about the contents of her Stasi file.


It’s a fascinating story that includes Eileen’s escape from the Volkspolizei following a Billy Bragg gig in East Berlin.  We welcome again Eileen Ford-Price.

Links

Hotel Neptune – Warnemunde

Foto zu Bistro Neptun's M - Rostock, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Deutschland. Vitamin - Orangen - Eisschale mit Krokant und Vita-Soße
Vitamin-Orangen-Eisschale

Billy Bragg Concert in East Berlin.

 

Attila The Stockbroker – Echoes Of Rhodesia (live at Liedersommer Berlin DDR)

 

32 – Eileen – A British Student Living in the GDR

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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

 

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

 

30 – Visit to a UK nuclear monitoring post

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Welcome to Cold War Conversations episode 30 which is a fascinating visit I made to the Rushton Spencer Royal Observer Corps nuclear monitoring post in Staffordshire in the UK.

The equipment used in today’s episode has kindly been provided by our supporters who make monthly donations via Patreon – a special thanks to all of them.

If you would like to support the podcast further and get access to some exclusive extras go to our web site at coldwarconversations.com and click on the “support the Podcast” menu option.

Now back to today’s episode. My instructions were to meet in the Royal Oak pub car park where I would be escorted to the post…right on 11am David appeared and guided me up various little used country lanes into the hills above Rushton Spencer and onto a rutted track.

We climbed further until a small well kept compound appeared over a ridge. Welcome to the Rushton Spencer Royal Observer Corps post…

 

 

 

Visiting the Post.

If you’d like to visit Rushton Spencer, you can contact Dave Arnold  via email at  g8yqa at outlook.com

Books

Attack Warning Red – A history of the Royal Observer Corps

The Royal Observer Corps Underground Monitoring Posts

Royal Observer Corps Films

Sound an Alarm – Part 1-6

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nK2l7fVyVUQ

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YIiKI-CntiY

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s4hZACmaXD8

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=akYJTQIUFwc

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R0OgWrjOWaM

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gzidKkwNk6c

Protect & Survive – 1970’s UK Public infommercials On Nuclear War Preparation

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m6U9T3R3EQg&t=1978s

A public information film about joining the Royal Observer Corps from 1977

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yjT_P9q_xyg

The Hole in the Ground

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aEY886b1P34

A programme from 1983 featuring the Royal Observer Corps’ Dulwich Post which was situated on the Dulwich and Sydenham Hill Golf Club

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nMcyogqF7lY

Forewarned is Forearmed a Royal Observer Corps film

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xiepfG7IKRo

Cold war Museums

Portadown monitoring post in Northern Ireland

Cosford National Cold War Museum

RAF Museum Hendon

York ROC Group Control Bunker

Dundee ROC Group/Sector Bunker

Barnton Quarry

Other Preserved ROC Posts

Map of ROC Monitoring Posts

28 – USAF pilot Buz Carpenter talks Vietnam recon, Skunkworks and more

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Welcome to Episode 28 of Cold war conversations in partnership with the Cold War Museum . Today we are talking further with USAF pilot Buz Carpenter.

We talk about about flying reconnaissance over Vietnam, the Skunkworks where secret USAF projects were developed, his time commanding Ramstein airbase at the end of the Cold War and more.

Thanks to all those who are supporting the podcast with monthly pledges and donation. It is much appreciated and will allow us to expand the scope of the podcast.

If you donate more than $5 a month you get extras from the cutting room floor and this week’s episodes extra is a great anecdote from Buz where he describes an encounter with Jimmy Doolittle who was awarded the Medal of Honor for personal valor and leadership as commander of the Doolittle Raid, a bold long-range retaliatory air raid during World War 2 on the Japanese main islands four months after the attack on Pearl Harbor.

If you would like to support the podcast further and get access to these exclusive extras go to our web site at coldwarconversations.com and click on the “support the Podcast” menu option.

Back to todays episode…as he continues his story of his time in Vietnam, his work in the Pentagon and when he served as Wing commander at Ramstein Air Base.
We welcome Buz Carpenter

Books

Skunk Works: A Personal Memoir of My Years at Lockheed

Vietnam: An Epic Tragedy: 1945-1975

Video

Skunkworks

F-4 Phantom Pilots Vietnam

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27 – Flying the SR-71 Spy Plane

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Welcome to Episode 27 of Cold war conversations.

Today we are talking about the SR71 Blackbird spy plane of which only 32 were ever made.

The great defensive ability of the plane was its high speed and altitude. Standard evasive action was just to accelerate, which made it almost invulnerable to the attack technologies of the time. The top speed of the plane was mach 3.3 (2,200 miles/hour that’s 36 miles/minute).

Thanks to all those who are supporting the podcast with monthly pledges and donation. It is much appreciated and will allow us to expand our scope. If you would like to support the podcast further and get access to some exclusive extras click here.

Back to todays episode…our guest knows a bit about the SR71…

Buz Carpenter accrued 777 hours flying SR-71 planes. He flew Blackbirds as an aircraft commander and later as an instructor pilot, with over 60 operational missions. He also flew in the C-141, RF-4C, and T-38 planes, flying 150 combat hours in Vietnam. He worked in the Pentagon and served as Wing commander at Ramstein Air Base in German during Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm.

He retired as a Colonel after serving as the 2nd Air Force Vice Commander, responsible for all the USAF Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance flying assets. He is currently a docent for the Smithsonian Institution’s National Air and Space Museum, Udvar Hazy Center.

We welcome Buz Carpenter to Cold War Conversations.

Books

Sr-71 Blackbird: Stories, Tales and Legends

The Complete Book of the SR-71 Blackbird/The Illustrated Profile of Every Aircraft, Crew, and Breakthrough of the World’s Fastest Stealth Jet

Video

Tour of the SR71 with Buz Carpenter

More from Col Buz Carpenter and the SR-71 Blackbird

Best Documentary 2016 First Stealth Blackbird SR 71 | History Documentary HD 1080p

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26 – Professor Sergei Khrushchev Interview – Part 2

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Welcome to episode 26 of Cold War Conversations in partnership with The Cold War Museum

This is part 2 of my conversation with Professor Sergei Khrushchev the son of Nikita Khrushchev who led the Soviet Union 1953 to 1964.

Before we start I would again like to thank all those who are supporting the podcast with monthly pledges and donations.

If you would like to support the podcast further and get access to some exclusive extras go to our web site at coldwarconversations.com and click on the “support the Podcast” menu option.

In part 2 of this interview we gain insight into Soviet thinking around the Cuban Missile Crisis, we hear about the Soviet view of the building of the Berlin Wall along with the 1961 Berlin Crisis and his father’s fall from power.

If you are a member of our Cold War Conversations facebook discussion group you would have had the opportunity to provide questions for Professor Khrushchev – I’ve tried to include as many as I can, but apologies in advance if your questions didn’t make the final cut.

I only had limited time with Professor Khruschchev, however, as you heard he’s keen to talk further.  However if you can’t wait or want to learn more his book is well worth a read and does give more detail into his father’s life. Don’t be daunted by the size of it at 750 pages.

The book is available on the link below.

Books

Nikita Khrushchev and the Creation of a Superpower

Videos

Khrushchev Denounces “Dictator” Stalin (1956)

Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev Visit To America

An Evening with Sergei Khrushchev

For more information on the Cold War Museum use these links

The Cold War Museum Web site

The Cold War Museum on Facebook

25- Professor Sergei Khrushchev Interview – Part 1

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Welcome to episode 25 of Cold War Conversations in partnership with The Cold War Museum

Now it’s not every day that I get to speak the son of a Soviet Premier on the podcast, but today I’m delighted to speak with Professor Sergei Khrushchev the son of Nikita Khrushchev who led the Soviet Union as the First Secretary of the Communist Party from 1953 to 1964, and as Chairman of the Council of Ministers, or Premier, from 1958 to 1964.

In part 1 of this interview we talk about Professor Khrushchev’s early years, his relationship with his father, his father’s rise to power, the 1956 Hungarian Uprising as well the first international visits accompanying his father to the UK, East Germany and the USA.

If you are a member of the Cold War Conversations facebook discussion group you would have had the opportunity to provide questions for Professor Khrushchev – I’ve tried to include as many as I can, but apologies in advance if your questions didn’t make the final cut.

Books

Nikita Khrushchev and the Creation of a Superpower

Videos

Khrushchev Denounces “Dictator” Stalin (1956)

Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev Visit To America

An Evening with Sergei Khrushchev

For more information on the Cold War Museum use these links

The Cold War Museum Web site

The Cold War Museum on Facebook