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The Resource Forty autumns : a family's story of courage and survival on both sides of the Berlin Wall, Nina Willner

Forty autumns : a family's story of courage and survival on both sides of the Berlin Wall, Nina Willner

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Forty autumns : a family's story of courage and survival on both sides of the Berlin Wall
Title
Forty autumns
Title remainder
a family's story of courage and survival on both sides of the Berlin Wall
Statement of responsibility
Nina Willner
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Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"In this illuminating and deeply moving memoir, a former American military intelligence officer goes beyond traditional Cold War espionage tales to tell the true story of her family--of five women separated by the Iron Curtain for more than forty years, and their miraculous reunion after the fall of the Berlin Wall. Forty Autumns makes visceral the pain and longing of one family forced to live apart in a world divided by two. At twenty, Hanna escaped from East to West Germany. But the price of freedom--leaving behind her parents, eight siblings, and family home--was heartbreaking. Uprooted, Hanna eventually moved to America, where she settled down with her husband and had children of her own. Growing up near Washington, D.C., Hanna's daughter, Nina Willner became the first female Army intelligence officer to lead sensitive intelligence operations in East Berlin at the height of the Cold War. Though only a few miles separated American Nina and her German relatives--grandmother Oma, Aunt Heidi, and cousin, Cordula, a member of the East German Olympic training team--a bitter political war kept them apart. In Forty Autumns, Nina recounts her family's story--five ordinary lives buffeted by circumstances beyond their control. She takes us deep into the tumultuous and terrifying world of East Germany under Communist rule, revealing both the cruel reality her relatives endured and her own experiences as an intelligence officer, running secret operations behind the Berlin Wall that put her life at risk. A personal look at a tenuous era that divided a city and a nation, and continues to haunt us, Forty Autumns is an intimate and beautifully written story of courage, resilience, and love--of five women whose spirits could not be broken, and who fought to preserve what matters most: family. Forty Autumns is illustrated with dozens of black-and-white and color photographs"--
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Provided by publisher
Biography type
collective biography
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DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1961-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Willner, Nina
Dewey number
929.20943
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
DD281.5
LC item number
.W56 2016
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Willner, Nina
  • Willner, Nina
  • Women
  • Berlin Wall, Berlin, Germany, 1961-1989
  • German Americans
  • Women intelligence officers
  • Intelligence officers
  • Biographies
  • Berlin (Germany)
  • Germany (East)
Label
Forty autumns : a family's story of courage and survival on both sides of the Berlin Wall, Nina Willner
Instantiates
Publication
Note
Map on end papers
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Family and historical chronology -- Family tree -- PART ONE -- The Handover : End of War (1945) -- An Iron Curtain Descends : Cold War Begins (1945-1946) -- "If You Want to Get Out, Do It Soon" : Close Calls and Escapes (1946-1948) -- Flight : A Small Suitcase and The Final Escape (August 11, 1948) -- PART TWO -- Two Castles : Out of the Whirlwind (1948-1949) -- A Sister Born in the East : The Stasi Takes Control (1949-1952) -- "We Want To Be Free" : A Workers' Uprising (1953) -- The Visit : Sisters Meet (1954) -- Life Normalizes in a Police State : A Courtship (1955-1957) -- The Fur Coat : Last Meeting (1958-1959) -- PART THREE -- "A Wall Will Keep the Enemy Out" : A Wall to Keep the People In (1960-1961) -- The Family Wall : Oma's Faith and Opa's Defiance (1962-1965) -- Only Party Members Succeed : "We Have Each Other" (1966-1969) -- A Message With No Words : Oma's Love from Afar (1970-1974) -- Dissidents and Troublemakers : Opa Committed (1975-1977) -- A Light Shines : "Our Souls Are Free" (1977) -- A Surprise from America : Innocence (1978-1980) -- Paradise Bungalow : Refuge and Solace (1980-1982) -- PART FOUR -- Assignment: Berlin : Intelligence Operations (1982-1984) -- Face-to-Face with Honecker : Mission in Ludwigslust (1984-1985) -- Beyond the Checkpoint : Passage (1985) -- Imagine : The Road Ahead (1986) -- "Tear Down This Wall" : Winds of Change (1987-1988) -- "Gorby, Save Us!" : A Nation Crumbles (1989) -- The World is Stunned : "Schabowski Said We Can!" or The Wall Falls (November 9, 1989) -- Dawn : TK (Autumn 1989) -- Reunion and Rebirth : TK (1990- 2013) -- Epilogue -- Glossary -- Author's Note
Control code
sky283420105
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
391 pages
Isbn
9780062410313
Isbn Type
(hardback)
Lccn
2016038924
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Note
nj 10/16
Other physical details
illustrations
Label
Forty autumns : a family's story of courage and survival on both sides of the Berlin Wall, Nina Willner
Publication
Note
Map on end papers
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Family and historical chronology -- Family tree -- PART ONE -- The Handover : End of War (1945) -- An Iron Curtain Descends : Cold War Begins (1945-1946) -- "If You Want to Get Out, Do It Soon" : Close Calls and Escapes (1946-1948) -- Flight : A Small Suitcase and The Final Escape (August 11, 1948) -- PART TWO -- Two Castles : Out of the Whirlwind (1948-1949) -- A Sister Born in the East : The Stasi Takes Control (1949-1952) -- "We Want To Be Free" : A Workers' Uprising (1953) -- The Visit : Sisters Meet (1954) -- Life Normalizes in a Police State : A Courtship (1955-1957) -- The Fur Coat : Last Meeting (1958-1959) -- PART THREE -- "A Wall Will Keep the Enemy Out" : A Wall to Keep the People In (1960-1961) -- The Family Wall : Oma's Faith and Opa's Defiance (1962-1965) -- Only Party Members Succeed : "We Have Each Other" (1966-1969) -- A Message With No Words : Oma's Love from Afar (1970-1974) -- Dissidents and Troublemakers : Opa Committed (1975-1977) -- A Light Shines : "Our Souls Are Free" (1977) -- A Surprise from America : Innocence (1978-1980) -- Paradise Bungalow : Refuge and Solace (1980-1982) -- PART FOUR -- Assignment: Berlin : Intelligence Operations (1982-1984) -- Face-to-Face with Honecker : Mission in Ludwigslust (1984-1985) -- Beyond the Checkpoint : Passage (1985) -- Imagine : The Road Ahead (1986) -- "Tear Down This Wall" : Winds of Change (1987-1988) -- "Gorby, Save Us!" : A Nation Crumbles (1989) -- The World is Stunned : "Schabowski Said We Can!" or The Wall Falls (November 9, 1989) -- Dawn : TK (Autumn 1989) -- Reunion and Rebirth : TK (1990- 2013) -- Epilogue -- Glossary -- Author's Note
Control code
sky283420105
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
391 pages
Isbn
9780062410313
Isbn Type
(hardback)
Lccn
2016038924
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Note
nj 10/16
Other physical details
illustrations

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