The Cuban Missile Crisis

Contemporary Witnesses

Fear of World War 3

Gisela Abels-Lahr describes how she experienced the Cuban Missile Crisis as a staff member in the administration of the Territorial Defense Command (KTV) in Bonn-Bad Godesberg.

Cuba crisis

In October 1962, the world held its breath during the Cuban Missile Crisis. Edith Czerwinski-Labusch and her parents were also terrified of the outbreak of a third world war.

Alarm Ready

Horst-Werner Dumjahn was stationed in Mainz-Gonsenheim as a Bundeswehr soldier in the early 1960s. In the clip, he tells how the Bundeswehr was put on alert during the Cuban Missile Crisis and what impact this had on him as a soldier.

Always ready

Former NVA soldier Jürgen Lange remembers the Cuban Missile Crisis in October 1962. For army personnel, the looming exchange of blows between the United States and the Soviet Union meant constant alert. At some point, it became too much for him.

Journey with obstacles

The German chess grandmaster Wolfgang Uhlmann traveled to Havana for a tournament in 1964. The journey alone was an adventure for him. The stay in Cuba finally compensated him for the grueling journey.

News from the Cuban Missile Crisis

U.S. soldier Bill Woods had been stationed in West Berlin since 1960. Even though his infantry unit was not directly affected by the Cuban Missile Crisis, the divided city would hold a very special position when World War III broke out.

Cuba crisis on the inner-German border

Wolfgang Christmann, then employed by the Federal Border Guard on the inner-German border, on the ideological hardening in the 1960s. Christmann remembers how contact between border guards from East and West Germany became increasingly icy and BGS staff were on standby for weeks at a time.

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