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    Writer of the month: Stories from behind the Berlin Wall

    Hester Vaizey discusses her latest book, Born in the GDR: Living in the Shadow of the Wall, which reveals the everyday lives of citizens of the former German Democratic Republic The National Archives is again hosting a series of monthly […]

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    Cars and democracy: British trusteeship of Volkswagen 1945 to 1949

    This talk gives an overview of British policy and the decisions relating to the Volkswagenwerk GmbH, and today’s Volkswagen Aktiengesellschaft. Production was set up in December 1945, against all obstacles, along with a dealers and service organisation. They began to […]

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    Inspecting Captured German Defences

    In this short sequence we see Field Marshal Sir Douglas Haig inspecting the wrecked remains of the Hindenburg Line, Germany’s strongest line of defences. With him is Colonel Robert S. Bacon, a US officer, and French and British officers as […]

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    The Berlin Wall 1961: the construction 50 years on

    This talk covers the circumstances which brought about the construction of the wall, what it meant for Germany and the crisis it precipitated in the context of the Cold War. Whilst focusing on 1961, it also covers the period 1945-61 […]

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    Security Service file release August 2010

    Professor Christopher Andrew introduces the 25th Security Service records release, which contains 170 files, bringing the total number of its records in the public domain to more than 4,500.

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    On the declaration of war on 3 September 1939, some 70,000 Germans and Austrians resident in the UK became classed as enemy aliens. This talk looks at official papers relating to the tribunals, the policy of internment, individual internees, and […]

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    Voices of the Armistice: German soldier’s war diary

    The translation of a German soldier’s diary from August to September 1916. Original document catalogue reference: CAB 45/166

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    Security Service file release August 2008

    Over 150 Security Service files dating from around the time of the Second World War have now been opened. Professor Christopher Andrew, Official Historian of the Secret Service, talks about German and Soviet agents and intelligence officers, right-wing extremists and Communists, […]

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