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Tunnel 29: The True Story of an Extraordinary Escape Beneath the Berlin Wall

Tunnel 29: The True Story of an Extraordinary Escape Beneath the Berlin Wall

Merriman, Helena

Hardcover

General World HistoryGerman HistoryRussian History

Publisher Price: $28.00

ISBN10: 1541788842
ISBN13: 9781541788848
Publisher: Publicaffairs
Published: Aug 24 2021
Pages: 352
Weight: 1.23
Height: 1.21 Width: 6.38 Depth: 9.33
Language: English
Based on a hit podcast series, this book tells the unbelievable true story of an escape tunnel under the Berlin Wall--the people who built it, the spy who betrayed it, and the media event it inspired.

In September 1961, at the height of the Cold War, 22-year-old Joachim Rudolph escaped from East Germany, one of the world's most brutal regimes. He'd risked everything to do it. Then, a few months later, working with a group of students, he picked up a spade... and tunneled back in.The goal was to tunnel into the East to help people escape. They spend months digging, hauling up carts of dirt in a tunnel ventilated by stove pipes. But the odds are against them: a Stasi agent infiltrates their group and on their first attempt, and dozens of escapees and some of the diggers are arrested and imprisoned. Despite the risk of prison and death, a month later, Joachim and the other try again and hit more bad luck: the tunnel springs a leak. After several attempts, run-ins with a spy and secret police, and some unlikely financial aid from an American TV network, they finally break through into the East, and free 29 people.

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