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Steinstuecken: A Little Pocket of Freedom with Author Donald Smith

Steinstuecken: A Little Pocket of Freedom with Author Donald Smith

On the 75th anniversary of the Berlin Airlift

When the Cold War split Berlin in half, between East and West, one neighborhood was trapped in the middle and became a symbol of Cold War tensions. For more than twenty years, the hamlet of Steinstuecken was caught in a tug-of-war between the Americans and the Communists. The people of Steinstuecken, and the American soldiers and diplomats who protected them, were determined to keep this village, a “little pocket of freedom” in Communist territory, free. They succeeded! Their efforts and determination deserve to be remembered. 

About the Author 

author Don Smith

Don Smith is a retired Army Reserve officer who served in Germany from 1986-89. He visited Berlin (West and East) three times. On one of those trips, he saw Steinstuecken and never forgot it. He has a B.A. in History from the University of Virginia and a Masters in Strategic Intelligence from the Joint Military Intelligence College (now the National Intelligence University). He has been published in Military History magazine, World War II magazine, and the U.S Army Intelligence Center’s (USAIC) Military Intelligence Professional Bulletin.


This program is appropriate for ages 16+. Register by clicking on the "Begin Registration" button (below). 

Related LibGuide: Adults and 50-Plus by Fairfax County Public Library (Admin)

Wednesday, June 26, 2024
1:00pm - 2:00pm
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Registration is required. There are 49 seats available.

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