Sunday 9th November 2014 is the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall and I was delighted to be asked to take part in BBC Radio Scotland’s “Sunday Morning with Ricky Ross” programme to discuss that exciting time. It was an historic turning point for Europe – and the world – and I was privileged to have made many visits to East Germany both before and after those amazing days.
The courage, determination and hope of the people who lived through that brutal regime is remarkable. The endless shortages, the ban on travel to the West, the constant spying and fear of the dreaded Stasi (the secret police) made life extraordinarily hard. But in the end the regime fell and life changed for the people of the former East Germany.
My friends there live a very different life now and although the transitional period was not always easy, there was a whole new Europe for them and their children to explore, enjoy and contribute to. Political reform is rarely easy as those with power seldom wish to relinquish any of it! But events in what was East Germany – and the other countries in the former Soviet Bloc – show what can be done if people are determined, courageous and persistent enough!
The picture above shows the cover of the book I wrote about these experiences. It is still available from Vival Publications and will soon be out on Kindle.
Links: Sunday Morning with Ricky Ross,