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Along the Wall and Watchtowers: A Journey Down Germany's Divide - Oliver August
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2007, ISBN: 0006531113

[SR: 4138060], Paperback, [EAN: 9780006531111], HarperCollins Canada / Trade, HarperCollins Canada / Trade, Book, [PU: HarperCollins Canada / Trade], HarperCollins Canada / Trade, If anybody could be well placed to document a journey along the line that once separated the two Germanys, it is Oliver August. His family's farm was divided by the boundary between West and East Germany for 50 years. His father escaped from East Germany hidden in a suitcase on a horse-drawn cart. His grandparents were left behind, and his father could only return twice, for their funerals.So it is not surprising that one of the two most poignant moments in what is a cross between a travel book and a social history, is when August revisits the family farm. There he finds his uncle, aunt and cousins unwilling to even talk about their lives--a dramatic event for anybody trying to recreate his childhood. The other moment is when he discovers that his mother helped friends escape from East Berlin by smuggling a walkie-talkie into the eastern sector.It is certainly the way in which the artificial divide of Germany affected the lives of ordinary people that comes across best in this book. The countryside takes second place to the personal accounts of problems experienced by people, particularly in eastern Germany, in coming to terms with the changes in their lives. Irritations, such as the on-going and tedious saga of his mother's ageing car which he uses to make the journey are less important than the fact that this was a pilgrimage for August, now working for The Times of London. --Kathleen Buckley, 2205888011, Custom Stores, 7187330011, Amazon Publishing, 13901671, Audiobooks, 14244971, Bargain Books, 13621591, Boxed Sets, 194725011, Canada Day Deals, 377366011, Christian Living Store, 263003011, For Dummies Store, 2354164011, Formats, 714830011, Kids & Family Store, 370821011, Qualifying Textbooks - Fall 2007, 1040638, Specialty Stores, 916520, Books, 928568, Germany, 928572, Berlin, 928578, Holocaust, 928574, Medieval, 928576, Third Reich, 928504, Europe, 927728, History, 927726, Subjects, 916520, Books, 928712, Military, 928714, Aviation, 928838, Biographies, 1050536, Canada, 928718, Intelligence & Espionage, 387314011, Iraq War, 928720, Korean War, 16254561, Life & Institutions, 928730, Napoleonic Wars, 928740, Naval, 928742, Pictorials, 16254581, Prisoners of War, 16254571, Regiments, 928744, Strategy, 928746, Uniforms, 928748, United States, 928794, Vietnam War, 1050538, War of 1812, 928796, Weapons & Warfare, 928810, World War I, 928812, World War II, 927728, History, 927726, Subjects, 916520, Books, 953044, Travel, 953006, Writing, 5502350011, Writing, Research & Publishing Guides, 952366, Education & Reference, 927726, Subjects, 916520, Books, 961052, Germany, 961056, Berlin, 961058, Cologne, 961060, Dusseldorf, 961062, Frankfurt, 961064, Hamburg, 961066, Munich, 961068, Rhine, 960990, Europe, 960696, Travel, 927726, Subjects, 916520, Books, 961246, Essays & Travelogues, 961242, Reference & Tips, 960696, Travel, 927726, Subjects, 916520, Books, 961258, Guidebooks, 961242, Reference & Tips, 960696, Travel, 927726, Subjects, 916520, Books, 961274, Travel Writing, 961242, Reference & Tips, 960696, Travel, 927726, Subjects, 916520, Books

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2007, ISBN: 0006531113

[SR: 4138060], Paperback, [EAN: 9780006531111], HarperCollins Canada / Trade, HarperCollins Canada / Trade, Book, [PU: HarperCollins Canada / Trade], HarperCollins Canada / Trade, If anybody could be well placed to document a journey along the line that once separated the two Germanys, it is Oliver August. His family's farm was divided by the boundary between West and East Germany for 50 years. His father escaped from East Germany hidden in a suitcase on a horse-drawn cart. His grandparents were left behind, and his father could only return twice, for their funerals.So it is not surprising that one of the two most poignant moments in what is a cross between a travel book and a social history, is when August revisits the family farm. There he finds his uncle, aunt and cousins unwilling to even talk about their lives--a dramatic event for anybody trying to recreate his childhood. The other moment is when he discovers that his mother helped friends escape from East Berlin by smuggling a walkie-talkie into the eastern sector.It is certainly the way in which the artificial divide of Germany affected the lives of ordinary people that comes across best in this book. The countryside takes second place to the personal accounts of problems experienced by people, particularly in eastern Germany, in coming to terms with the changes in their lives. Irritations, such as the on-going and tedious saga of his mother's ageing car which he uses to make the journey are less important than the fact that this was a pilgrimage for August, now working for The Times of London. --Kathleen Buckley, 2205888011, Custom Stores, 7187330011, Amazon Publishing, 13901671, Audiobooks, 14244971, Bargain Books, 13621591, Boxed Sets, 194725011, Canada Day Deals, 377366011, Christian Living Store, 263003011, For Dummies Store, 2354164011, Formats, 714830011, Kids & Family Store, 370821011, Qualifying Textbooks - Fall 2007, 1040638, Specialty Stores, 916520, Books, 928568, Germany, 928572, Berlin, 928578, Holocaust, 928574, Medieval, 928576, Third Reich, 928504, Europe, 927728, History, 927726, Subjects, 916520, Books, 928712, Military, 928714, Aviation, 928838, Biographies, 1050536, Canada, 928718, Intelligence & Espionage, 387314011, Iraq War, 928720, Korean War, 16254561, Life & Institutions, 928730, Napoleonic Wars, 928740, Naval, 928742, Pictorials, 16254581, Prisoners of War, 16254571, Regiments, 928744, Strategy, 928746, Uniforms, 928748, United States, 928794, Vietnam War, 1050538, War of 1812, 928796, Weapons & Warfare, 928810, World War I, 928812, World War II, 927728, History, 927726, Subjects, 916520, Books, 953044, Travel, 953006, Writing, 5502350011, Writing, Research & Publishing Guides, 952366, Education & Reference, 927726, Subjects, 916520, Books, 961052, Germany, 961056, Berlin, 961058, Cologne, 961060, Dusseldorf, 961062, Frankfurt, 961064, Hamburg, 961066, Munich, 961068, Rhine, 960990, Europe, 960696, Travel, 927726, Subjects, 916520, Books, 961246, Essays & Travelogues, 961242, Reference & Tips, 960696, Travel, 927726, Subjects, 916520, Books, 961258, Guidebooks, 961242, Reference & Tips, 960696, Travel, 927726, Subjects, 916520, Books, 961274, Travel Writing, 961242, Reference & Tips, 960696, Travel, 927726, Subjects, 916520, Books

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[SR: 6289552], Paperback, [EAN: 9780006531111], Flamingo, Flamingo, Book, [PU: Flamingo], Flamingo, Marking the tenth anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, this is a revealing portrait of the reunified Germany told in the form of an entertaining travelogue -- an 800-mile journey along the former Iron Curtain from the Baltic Sea to the Czech border. * When the Iron Curtain dissolved ten years ago, the faultline that divided West and East Germany also collapsed. But could the so-called 'death strip' be erased as easily as a pencil-mark on the map? * In his encounters with former border guards, ex-Stasi members turned insurance salesmen, decollectivized farmers, innkeepers, nudists, car mechanics, foresters and artists, the author reveals with a delightful lightness of touch the hopes, fears and regrets of both 'Wessis' and 'Ossis', and listens to the anxieties of those who feel 'colonized' by the West. * He observes new nature reserves in the old borderlands; visits the unique village republic where for 22 years the inhabitants lived enclosed between two fences; watches the rebuilding of the Bismarck family castle; attends an international gathering of Trabant-owners; explores museums devoted to documenting former life along the border; travels across the dark and sinister Harz mountains which once harboured an underground Nazi concentration camp; and ends his journey in Hof, where minefields have been transformed into golf courses., 4954, Germany, 4935, Europe, 9, History, 1000, Subjects, 283155, Books, 5011, Military, 3568213011, Afghan War, 5012, Aviation, 1043892, Canada, 5015, Intelligence & Espionage, 387040011, Iraq War, 5016, Korean War, 16233491, Life & Institutions, 5017, Napoleonic Wars, 5018, Naval, 5019, Pictorials, 16244451, Prisoners of War, 16244121, Regiments, 5020, Strategy, 5021, Uniforms, 5022, United States, 5025, Vietnam War, 1043894, War of 1812, 5026, Weapons & Warfare, 5030, World War I, 5031, World War II, 9, History, 1000, Subjects, 283155, Books, 12051, Travel, 12015, Writing, 5267707011, Writing, Research & Publishing Guides, 21, Reference, 1000, Subjects, 283155, Books, 17029, Travel Writing, 27, Travel, 1000, Subjects, 283155, Books

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Along the Wall and Watchtowers: A Journey Down Germany's Divide
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Oliver August

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Along the Wall and Watchtowers: A Journey Down Germany's Divide

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9780006531111

Marking the tenth anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, this is a revealing portrait of the reunified Germany told in the form of an entertaining travelogue -- an 800-mile journey along the former Iron Curtain from the Baltic Sea to the Czech border. * When the Iron Curtain dissolved ten years ago, the faultline that divided West and East Germany also collapsed. But could the so-called 'death strip' be erased as easily as a pencil-mark on the map? * In his encounters with former border guards, ex-Stasi members turned insurance salesmen, decollectivized farmers, innkeepers, nudists, car mechanics, foresters and artists, the author reveals with a delightful lightness of touch the hopes, fears and regrets of both 'Wessis' and 'Ossis', and listens to the anxieties of those who feel 'colonized' by the West. * He observes new nature reserves in the old borderlands; visits the unique village republic where for 22 years the inhabitants lived enclosed between two fences; watches the rebuilding of the Bismarck family castle; attends an international gathering of Trabant-owners; explores museums devoted to documenting former life along the border; travels across the dark and sinister Harz mountains which once harboured an underground Nazi concentration camp; and ends his journey in Hof, where minefields have been transformed into golf courses.

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EAN (ISBN-13): 9780006531111
ISBN (ISBN-10): 0006531113
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Publishing year: 1999
Publisher: Flamingo

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