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To live in Europe prior to 1989 was to live in the constant threat of nuclear annihilation and/or World War 3. The Cold War was a definate and real phenomena that hung over people’s heads. Think of it this way, The Soviet Union not only had long range nuclear missles pointed at America, but they also had intermediate and short wave missles pointed at Western Europe. Also, there was no ocean separating East Germany from West Germany, just a heavily fortified border, and the wall that split Berlin. Plus, everywhere one turned, there were stark reminders of this, but even more so in Berlin.


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