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Checkpoint Charlie, Looking in Different Directions

                      A machine gun turret was over my shoulder, yet I tried to remain calm as the East German and Soviet police made me sign a confession.  It was 1976 and the Berlin wall was as solid as the American dollar back then.  Not knowing it...

Visiting Checkpoint Charlie after 37 years

In 1976, my brother was stationed with the US Army in Berlin and the family took the opportunity to visit him in Europe.  Of course, it was before the wall came down and the area was heavily fordified. We made the mistake of bringing East Marks into East Berlin and the police confiscated all of them. ...