The Greatest Escapes over the Berlin Wall with Finn Ballard

The Greatest Escapes over the Berlin Wall with Finn Ballard


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In this Conversation, we will discuss the most innovative and daring escapes over, under, and through the Berlin Wall, from 1961 to 1989. 
This Conversation will be about the many successful efforts to escape the Communist regime of East Germany - in the most adventurous of ways. From hot-air balloons to tunnels (and one zipline!) we will discuss the stories behind beloved Cold War novels and movies, including Spielberg’s ‘Bridge of Spies’ (2015). Some efforts were recklessly brazen, others meticulously planned, and in this Conversation we will focus on the stories of those who succeeded in finding the weak spots in the supposedly-impenetrable Berlin Wall. Beginning with the border guard who leapt over the barricade he himself was overseeing, all the way through to the ‘trojan bull’ (you’ll find out!) via the only mass escape from West Berlin to East Berlin, our Conversation will be packed with photos from this recent and most curious moment of history, including some lucky shots of escapes while they happened.
Led by an expert on modern Berlin history, Dr. Finn Ballard, this interactive seminar will invite you to explore the affirmative and indeed humorous side of Cold War-era Berlin’s grim history. Designed to inform curiosity as well as future travels, participants will come away with an increased understanding of everyday life in East Germany, the diversity of its inhabitants, and the inventive and daring lengths to which they were prepared to go in their quests for freedom.

This conversation is suitable for all ages.

90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.

Customer Reviews

Based on 19 reviews
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B.G. (Ossining, US)
Such interesting stories

Finn makes the times come alive and the stories of the escapes are fascinating

S
S.S. (Oxford, US)
Escapes over the Berlin Wall

I did not realize what a huge barrier was built to keep the east Germans in!! An entertaining informative talk - always when FinnBallard does the "conversation!!"

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B. (Los Altos, US)
Excellent, as usual!

Finn is so knowledgeable, and his knowledge and enthusiasm about the subject is apparent. Thoroughly enjoyed the seminar; the personal stories are amazing!

J
J.G. (San Francisco, US)
Dr Finn Ballard’s Greatest Escapes Over the Berlin Wall

I think Dr Ballard is one of the best lectures I’ve experienced. And not just with Context Travel. He is so clear, organized and informative in his seminars.

S
S.E. (Sonoma, US)

So informative & interesting

Customer Reviews

Based on 19 reviews
95%
(18)
5%
(1)
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0%
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B
B.G. (Ossining, US)
Such interesting stories

Finn makes the times come alive and the stories of the escapes are fascinating

S
S.S. (Oxford, US)
Escapes over the Berlin Wall

I did not realize what a huge barrier was built to keep the east Germans in!! An entertaining informative talk - always when FinnBallard does the "conversation!!"

B
B. (Los Altos, US)
Excellent, as usual!

Finn is so knowledgeable, and his knowledge and enthusiasm about the subject is apparent. Thoroughly enjoyed the seminar; the personal stories are amazing!

J
J.G. (San Francisco, US)
Dr Finn Ballard’s Greatest Escapes Over the Berlin Wall

I think Dr Ballard is one of the best lectures I’ve experienced. And not just with Context Travel. He is so clear, organized and informative in his seminars.

S
S.E. (Sonoma, US)

So informative & interesting