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Tunnel 29 : the true story of an extraordinary escape beneath the Berlin Wall / Helena Merriman.

Merriman, Helena, (author.).

Available copies

  • 1 of 2 copies available at LARL/NWRL Consortium.
  • 0 of 1 copy available at Lake Agassiz Regional Library. (Show preferred library)

Current holds

1 current hold with 2 total copies.

Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Detroit Lakes Public Library 943.155 MER (Text) 33500013454079 New Checked out 10/07/2021
Roseau Public Library 943.155 MER (Text) 35500006506388 New Available -

Record details

  • ISBN: 9781541788848
  • ISBN: 1541788842
  • Physical Description: xv, 318 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm
  • Edition: First US edition.
  • Publisher: New York, NY : Public Affairs, 2021.

Content descriptions

General Note:
"First published in Great Britain in 2021 by Hodder & Stoughton"--Title page verso.
Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references (pages 287-304) and index.
Formatted Contents Note:
Foreword -- The beach -- The first escape -- The long walk -- The rebrand -- The smuggler -- The radio -- The tank -- A thousand little things -- The house of one thousand eyes -- Operation Rose -- Mousetrap -- Snow -- The escapes -- The boy in short pants -- Valley of the clueless -- Binoculars -- The watch-tower -- The camp -- The spy -- The file -- Evi and Peter (and Walter and Wilhelm too) -- The Girrmann group -- The house of the future -- The factory -- Concrete -- The cemetery -- Shift-work -- A new name -- The bomb -- Blisters -- The TV producer -- The deal -- New York -- Cameras -- Umbrellas -- Death strip -- Wilhelm, again -- Ground rules -- The leak -- The second tunnel -- The lovers -- The day before -- 7 August -- Hohenschönhausen -- Mole-hunt -- Silence -- The show trial -- The butcher -- Claus's story -- Paris -- Numbers -- The last visit -- The messenger -- Investigations -- Maps -- Reuven -- 14 September -- Walter and Wilhelm -- The search -- Film-reel -- The bug -- The pushchair -- The party -- The canoe -- The plane -- The second party -- The press conference -- The library -- A message -- The film -- The letter -- Hamlet -- The gold Mercedes -- Final report -- Airborne -- Epilogue.
Summary, etc.:
In a book based on the podcast series, a broadcast journalist tells the unbelievable true story of 22-year-old Joachim Rudolph, who, in 1961, set out to build an escape tunnel under the Berlin Wall and was faced with many obstacles before freeing 29 people.

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2021 July #1
    *Starred Review* The Berlin Wall stood as a defining monument of the last half of the twentieth century. Not only was it a political and humanitarian affront, it also came close to provoking a nuclear confrontation between the U.S. and the Soviet Union. Its construction was meant to stop the catastrophic flow of East Germans to the West, but enterprising Berliners on both sides of the wall conspired to breach it. In a gripping, suspenseful narrative, Merriman recounts an attempt to traverse the wall by tunneling under it. This elaborately planned effort was led by Joachim Rudolph, a young Berlin student, who recruited a cadre of enterprising conspirators from both sides of the wall. This little band made several tries to construct tunnels, but were hampered by flooding and cave-ins. Worse, a Stasi informant betrayed an early attempt. But by September 1962, 29 people managed to escape through a narrow tunnel into the waiting arms of loved ones. Adding to the drama of this getaway: an American network television crew determined to score a remarkable scoop by filming the escape. Fans of thrillers will immerse themselves in this true-life quest for freedom, which Merriman also chronicled in a popular BBC podcast. Copyright 2021 Booklist Reviews.

Author Notes

Helena Merriman presented and produced Tunnel 29, BBC Radio 4&;s podcast about a miraculous escape under the Berlin Wall. She is also the cocreator of British Podcast Award&;winning series The Inquiry, and previously worked as a reporter for the BBC in the Middle East. She lives in London, UK.

Subject: Rudolph, Joachim.
Berlin Wall, Berlin, Germany, 1961-1989.
Tunnels > Germany > Berlin > History > 20th century.
Escapes > Germany > Berlin > History > 20th century.
Escapes > Germany (East) > History.
Political activists > Germany (West) > Biography.
Refugees > Germany (East) > Biography.
Political refugees.
Germany > Berlin.
Germany (East)
Genre: History.

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