Brendan’s Alternate Tagline for Tunnel 29:
It’s like Shawshank but from the opposite direction.
The story of Tunnel 29 which was dug from West Germany to East Germany to allow people to escape.
Fun Fact Non-History People Will Like:
The East Germans called the Berlin Wall the “anti-fascist protection barrier.” History can be hilarious.
Fun Fact for History Nerds:
Even though the Berlin Wall….sorry, anti-fascist protection barrier was created to keep those darn fascists out, the border guards were actually facing into East Germany. It’s almost as if the communists were lying!
My Take on Tunnel 29:
Digging holes isn’t easy, apparently.
The end of World War II was very bad for Germany. Berlin in particular had it quite rough.
(Yeah, but screw them, right?)
Well, that’s what a lot of people thought, but it became a battleground between the Soviet Union and everyone else. As such, Berlin was important to a lot of world leaders. Berlin was partitioned and then up went a wall.
It went up fast. Many people became separated and in the early days, escaping was possible. Then it got a lot harder. This book follows one of the major attempts and it is so good. A little bit biography, a little bit history, a little bit prison break, and a lot of tension.
A great page turner. Read it. You can danke schön me later. Buy it here!
If You Liked Tunnel 29 This Try:
- Giles Milton, Checkmate in Berlin
- Neal Bascomb, Hunting Eichmann
- Howard Blum, In the Enemy’s House
- Jack Fairweather, The Volunteer
- Philippe Sands, The Ratline