In the summer of 1978, a group of young Scots made the daunting journey into the German Democratic Republic, which, despite its geographical closeness, was then an isolated and mysterious land, closed to the West by fences, watchtowers, armed guards and the Berlin Wall. The friendships they made during that visit have endured through the great changes that have taken place since then. This book charts the experiences of the Scots and the East Germans from that fateful fortnight twenty-six years ago down to the present day. The author, who was one of the Scots who took part in the 1978 visit, reflects on the religious and political changes which have transformed East Germany, and the impact they have had on both groups.
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It's Sunday July 30th 1978, and the middle of the night. Beyond the circle of light that spreads from the powerful searchlights there is pitch darkness, although the barbed wire fences that surround this small border crossing point are all too visible. We've been travelling for 29 hours and ...