It’s a time that’s hard to fathom now. A country divided, a capital divided, a people divided.
In East Berlin, there were people desperate to leave, and the building of the wall in 1961 just steeled their resolve.
This is the story of those who tried to get away, and how NBC and CBS raced to have the chance to film such an escape … and how the Kennedy administration tried to stop them.
Betrayal, arrests and killings are all part of the story of those to attempted to breach the wall, and that’s documented here.
Interesting to see an unfettered look at Kennedy, without the afterglow of sentiment. He was more of a hawk than we remembered, but also more timid. But considering nuclear war was always minutes away, maybe that’s understandable. He also told the CIA to begin investigating American journalists – a huge betrayal of the CIA’s stated job.
The aftermath of the tunnel crossing wasn’t always sunshine and roses, either. One crosser brought his wife … and promptly lost her to another man.
Lots of twists and turns here, like a good novel – but it’s all real.
Thanks, Blogging For Books, for the book.