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Forty autumns : a family's story of courage and survival on both sides of the Berlin Wall

by Willner, Nina, 1961- (Author)

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"In this illuminating and deeply moving memoir, a former American military intelligence officer goes beyond traditional Cold War espionage tales to tell the true story of her family--of five women separated by the Iron Curtain for more than forty years, and their miraculous reunion after the fall of... Full description

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Table of Contents:
  • Family and historical chronology
  • Family tree
  • PART ONE
  • The Handover : End of War (1945)
  • An Iron Curtain Descends : Cold War Begins (1945-1946)
  • "If You Want to Get Out, Do It Soon" : Close Calls and Escapes (1946-1948)
  • Flight : A Small Suitcase and The Final Escape (August 11, 1948)
  • PART TWO
  • Two Castles : Out of the Whirlwind (1948-1949)
  • A Sister Born in the East : The Stasi Takes Control (1949-1952)
  • "We Want To Be Free" : A Workers' Uprising (1953)
  • The Visit : Sisters Meet (1954)
  • Life Normalizes in a Police State : A Courtship (1955-1957)
  • The Fur Coat : Last Meeting (1958-1959)
  • PART THREE
  • "A Wall Will Keep the Enemy Out" : A Wall to Keep the People In (1960-1961)
  • The Family Wall : Oma's Faith and Opa's Defiance (1962-1965)
  • Only Party Members Succeed : "We Have Each Other" (1966-1969)
  • A Message With No Words : Oma's Love from Afar (1970-1974)
  • Dissidents and Troublemakers : Opa Committed (1975-1977)
  • A Light Shines : "Our Souls Are Free" (1977)
  • A Surprise from America : Innocence (1978-1980)
  • Paradise Bungalow : Refuge and Solace (1980-1982)
  • PART FOUR
  • Assignment: Berlin : Intelligence Operations (1982-1984)
  • Face-to-Face with Honecker : Mission in Ludwigslust (1984-1985)
  • Beyond the Checkpoint : Passage (1985)
  • Imagine : The Road Ahead (1986)
  • "Tear Down This Wall" : Winds of Change (1987-1988)
  • "Gorby, Save Us!" : A Nation Crumbles (1989)
  • The World is Stunned : "Schabowski Said We Can!" or The Wall Falls (November 9, 1989)
  • Dawn : TK (Autumn 1989)
  • Reunion and Rebirth : TK (1990- 2013)
  • Epilogue
  • Glossary
  • Author's Note.
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