Steinstücken, a West Berlin neighbourhood, was part of the former American Sector in Berlin during the early years of the Cold War. However, from the division of Germany until a connecting corridor was built in 1971/72, Steinstücken was an exclave of West Berlin, access to which was permitted only for residents. The Americans couldn’t even send soldiers or supplies to the village without risking a confrontation with the Soviets or East Germans. Yet, for more than 20 years, American soldiers and diplomats kept Steinstücken out of Soviet/East German hands. Following a helicopter visit by General Lucius D. Clay on 21 Sep 61, a US military post was installed in the exclave. The village’s residents showed determination, and even courage, in resisting communist pressure. They also managed to live relatively normal lives, and build a bond with the Americans that remains strong to this day. At the same time, the Americans and Soviets managed the village’s situation in a way that kept tensions down and prevented a crisis. Don Smith’s book tells how they did it. It’s an interesting, even inspiring story that deserves to be remembered.
The entry is free of charge.
The talk will be held in English.
This event is made possible with the support of the Berlin Historical Association e.V.