I remember taking the British Military train from Hannover to West Berlin in 1988, keen to take my first glimpse of the Berlin wall separating East from West Germany.  Due to the nature of my security clearance, I was not permitted to travel into the eastern sector controlled by the Russians.  I could only visit Checkpoint Charlie, gaze across the armed barricades and wonder what life in East Germany must be like.  I climbed to a vantage point where I could see over the wall more than twice m...


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