“No Relief Like Passing Checkpoint Charlie – – Visits to East Berlin reminded me of how fortunate I was.”


My first visit to Berlin was a business trip in the  1990s.  I had a very crowded schedule, but was able to see a little of Berlin, which at the time was being called the largest construction site in the world in the wake of reunification.  A highlight was visiting the Checkpoint Charlie Museum my last morning there, before heading off to the airport.

In 2001 I visited Berlin with my parents, with whom my siblings and I had already had multiple viewings of “Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy” and “Game, Set, Match.”  I took the opportunity to get a photo of my father walking past the iconic Checkpoint Charlie sign (while wearing his Bernard Samson hat).

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