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Checkpoint Charlie

Author : Iain MacGregor
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A “constantly captivating…well-researched and often moving” (The Wall Street Journal) history of Checkpoint Charlie, the famous military gate on the border of East and West Berlin where the United States confronted the USSR during the Cold War. In the early 1960s, East Germany committed a billion dollars to the creation of the Berlin Wall, an eleven-foot-high barrier that consisted of seventy-nine miles of fencing, 300 watchtowers, 250 guard dog runs, twenty bunkers, and was operated around the clock by guards who shot to kill. Over the next twenty-eight years, at least five thousand people attempt to smash through it, swim across it, tunnel under it, or fly over it. In 1989, the East German leadership buckled in the face of a civil revolt that culminated in half a million East Berliners demanding an end to the ban on free movement. The world’s media flocked to capture the moment which, perhaps more than any other, signaled the end of the Cold War. Checkpoint Charlie had been the epicenter of global conflict for nearly three decades. Now, “in capturing the essence of the old Cold War [MacGregor] may just have helped us to understand a bit more about the new one” (The Times, London)—the mistrust, oppression, paranoia, and fear that gripped the world throughout this period. Checkpoint Charlie is about the nerve-wracking confrontation between the West and USSR, highlighting such important global figures as Eisenhower, Stalin, JFK, Nikita Khrushchev, Mao Zedung, Nixon, Reagan, and other politicians of the period. He also includes never-before-heard interviews with the men who built and dismantled the Wall; children who crossed it; relatives and friends who lost loved ones trying to escape over it; military policemen and soldiers who guarded the checkpoints; CIA, MI6, and Stasi operatives who oversaw operations across its borders; politicians whose ambitions shaped it; journalists who recorded its story; and many more whose living memories contributed to the full story of Checkpoint Charlie.

Checkpoint Charlie

Author : Tom Arnold
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Checkpoint Charlie is an action/coming-of-age story set in Europe in 1966. Four young expatriates befriend two dissident East Berliners and undertake a dangerous scheme to help them escape to freedom.

Summary of Iain MacGregor s Checkpoint Charlie

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Please note: This is a companion version & not the original book. Sample Book Insights: #1 When the Second World War in Europe ended, Berlin was left in ruins. The city was divided into four sectors of occupation by the Allied forces, one each by the four victors. The euphoria of victory gave way to paranoia, confrontation, and hostility between the Western powers and Josef Stalin, who schemed to ensure Germany would remain divided as part of an Eastern European buffer to protect Russia from future attacks. #2 The Berlin Blockade began in 1948, and the city was isolated and vulnerable. The Americans and their allies responded with a three-hundred-day airlift, the biggest in aviation history, to keep the city alive. #3 The Berlin Blockade was finally over on May 11, 1949, and the city was opened up to travel again. The Berliners were suspicious of previous agreements signed by the Soviets, but they were still grateful to their Western protectors. #4 In 1953, the East German government under Nikita Khrushchev attempted to quell any dissent by intimidation, driving through towns and villages in long convoys of armored cars and tanks. But there was a sizable portion of the country’s population that felt comfortable under Soviet occupation.

From Wounded Knee to Checkpoint Charlie

Author : György Ferenc Tóth
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A historical analysis of the transatlantic relations of the American Indian radical sovereignty movement of the late Cold War. From Wounded Knee to Checkpoint Charlie examines the history of the transatlantic alliance between American Indian sovereignty activists and Central European solidarity groups, and their entry into the United Nations in the 1970s and 1980s. In the late Cold War, Native American activists engaged in transnational diplomacy for nation building by putting outside pressure on the US government for a more progressive Indian policy that reached for the full decolonization of Native American communities into independence. By using extensive multinational archival research complemented by interviews, György Ferenc Tóth investigates how older transatlantic images of American Indians influenced the alliance between Native activists and Central European groups, how this coalition developed and functioned, and how the US government and the regimes of the Eastern Bloc responded to this transatlantic alliance. This book not only places the American Indian radical sovereignty movement in an international context, but also recasts it as a transnational struggle, thus connecting domestic US social and political history to the history of Cold War transatlantic relations and global movements. György Ferenc Tóth is Lecturer of US History and Transatlantic Relations at the University of Stirling in Scotland.

Wall Memorials and Heritage

Author : Sybille Frank
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Analysing the transformation of Berlin's former Allied border control point, "Checkpoint Charlie," into a global heritage industry, this volume provides an introduction to, and a theoretically informed structuring of, the interdisciplinary international heritage debate. This crucial case study demonstrates that an unregulated global heritage industry has developed in Berlin which capitalizes on the internationally very attractive - but locally still very painful - heritage of the Berlin Wall. Frank explores the conflicts that occur when private, commercial interests in interpreting and selling history to an international audience clash with traditional, institutionalized public forms of local and national heritage-making and commemorative practices, and with the victims' perspectives. Wall Memorials and Heritageillustrates existing approaches to heritage research and develops them in dialogue with Berlin's traditions of conveying history, and the specific configuration of the heritage industry at "Checkpoint Charlie". Productively integrating theory with empirical evidence, this innovative book enriches the international literature on heritage and its economic and political contexts.

United City Divided Memories

Author : Dirk Verheyen
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United City, Divided Memories? focuses on the basic question of how Berlin today deals with three specific Cold War era legacies: the presence of the four Great Powers, the East German Stasi, and the Berlin Wall. Dirk Verheyen studies monuments, museums, and memorial sites as illustrations of Berlin's struggle to craft an effective shared identity that ties together its western and eastern halves.

Checkpoint Charlie

Author : Gilles Perrault
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Le 16 mai 1969, la DST arrête à Paris Hans Voelkner, agent des services est-allemands. Ses parents, membres du fameux réseau Orchestre rouge, ont été guillotinés par les nazis. Comment ne pas tout faire pour accélérer l’échange de leur fils ? Au même moment, en Pologne, une violente campagne antisémite pousse les Juifs à l’exil. Mais Leopold Trepper, ancien chef de l’Orchestre rouge, est retenu pour « raison d’état ». Comment ne pas agir pour lui permettre de sortir de la prison qu’est devenue pour lui son pays ? Le jeune avocat Daniel Soulez Larivière défend devant la Cour de sûreté de l’État un agent sexagénaire des services français, poursuivi pour trahison. Il est condamné. Son défenseur est convaincu de son innocence. Comment rester inerte face à une révoltante erreur judiciaire ? Ces trois affaires vont précipiter Gilles Perrault et Daniel Soulez Larivière dans la paranoïa de la guerre froide, leur faire prendre maintes fois le chemin de Checkpoint Charlie et les faire soupçonner, à Paris, de travailler pour les services soviétiques, à Varsovie pour les services israéliens, à Berlin pour les services français... Quatre années remplies de péripéties souvent dramatiques (quand, par exemple, le directeur de la DST accuse Trepper d’avoir collaboré avec la Gestapo...), parfois cocasses, toujours intenses, et dont la réconfortante conclusion pourrait être que le pot de terre, parfois, fait voler en éclat le pot de fer.

Berlin Wall

Author : Hans-Hermann Hertle
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Over 200 previously unpublished photographs document the building and development of the many check points, barbed wire barriers, and alarmed fences which formed the concrete wall around Berlin. This book tells dramatic tales of spectacular escapes and terrible deaths, and explains the history making events surrounding the building and fall of the Wall. Contemporary photographs are contrasted with photographs from the eighties to offer surprising insights into how the former death strip has changed since 1990. Relics of the wall in the current cityscape are prominently illustrated, including remnants of the Wall itself, expanded metal lattice fences, observation towers, barbed wire and concrete posts. Also included are statistics showing the numbers of refugees and victims of the Wall, a guide to the museums and memorials and a summary of the literature and cinema treatment of the Wall, along with a brief chronicle of its history.

Checkpoint Charlie

Author : Wieland Giebel
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The Cold War

Author : Konrad H. Jarausch
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The traces of the Cold War are still visible in many places all around the world. It is the topic of exhibits and new museums, of memorial days and historic sites, of documentaries and movies, of arts and culture. There are historical and political controversies, both nationally and internationally, about how the history of the Cold War should be told and taught, how it should be represented and remembered. While much has been written about the political history of the Cold War, the analysis of its memory and representation is just beginning. Bringing together a wide range of scholars, this volume describes and analyzes the cultural history and representation of the Cold War from an international perspective. That innovative approach focuses on master narratives of the Cold War, places of memory, public and private memorialization, popular culture, and schoolbooks. Due to its unique status as a center of Cold War confrontation and competition, Cold War memory in Berlin receives a special emphasis. With the friendly support of the Wilson Center.