Tunnel 29: Love, Espionage and Betrayal: the True Story of an Extraordinary Escape Beneath the Berlin Wall (Paperback)
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Tunnel 29: Love, Espionage and Betrayal: the True Story of an Extraordinary Escape Beneath the Berlin Wall (Paperback)

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Published: 31/05/2022
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Following on from her celebrated podcast Tunnel 29 and drawing from a wealth of Stasi documents and in-depth interviews with the surviving escapees, the award-winning BBC journalist chronicles the incredible true story of a secret get-away tunnel dug under the Berlin Wall in 1962.

From the award-winning creator of the acclaimed BBC Radio 4 podcast, Tunnel 29 is the true story of the most remarkable escape tunnel dug under the Berlin Wall.

He's just escaped from one of the world's most brutal regimes.

Now, he decides to tunnel back in.

It's summer, 1962, and Joachim Rudolph, a student, is digging a tunnel under the Berlin Wall. Waiting on the other side in East Berlin - dozens of men, women and children; all willing to risk everything to escape.

Drawing on hundreds of hours of interviews with the survivors, and thousands of pages of Stasi documents, Helena Merriman brilliantly reveals the stranger-than-fiction story of the ingenious group of student-diggers, the glamorous red-haired messenger, the American News network which films the escape, and the Stasi spy who betrays it. For what Joachim doesn't know as he burrows closer to East Germany, is that the escape operation has been infiltrated. As the escapees prepare to crawl through the cold, wet darkness, above them, the Stasi are closing in.

Tunnel 29 is about what happens when people lose their freedom - and how some will do anything to win it back.

Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
ISBN: 9781529333978
Number of pages: 336
Weight: 259 g
Dimensions: 196 x 128 x 42 mm

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“A riveting treatment of a Cold War legend”

The story of tunnel 29 is one I’ve been familiar with – it’s not the first time it has been covered by films and books. And I knew the outcome, so nothing should have come as a surprise. But Merriman manages to... More

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“Fascinating insight into the story of the Berlin Wall and triumph of the Human Spirit”

I came across Helena Merriman’s podcast of Tunnel 29 by chance and found myself riveted from the start, listening to all ten episodes in one go. The story of Tunnel 29, the people involved and those turbulent times... More

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“Tunnel 29 - A compelling read.”

Berlin 60 years ago was a city of 2 halves and the epicentre of possible Cold War conflict. Helena Merriman brilliantly relates a gripping account of how a group of individuals escaped under an impenetrable ‘grey... More

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