‘The Big Pond’ broadcast August 13, 2019: Luftbrücke – 70 Years of Memories

2019 marks more than 70 years since the Berlin Airlift, one of the world’s greatest humanitarian efforts. To commemorate this anniversary, KCRW Berlin spoke with veterans who took part in the mission, including the famous American pilot Colonel Gail S. Halvorsen, also known as the “Candy Bomber.”

Photo by Monika Müller-Kroll

To mark Deutschlandjahr, Goethe Institut USA has partnered with KCRW Berlin, among other radio producers and broadcasters from the US and Germany, to bring you “The Big Pond.”

“The Big Pond” is a series of podcasts spanning topics such as music, sports, history, and more – bridging the gap across the Atlantic and underscoring what the two countries share. We will be highlighting selected episodes of “The Big Pond,” airing one every Tuesday at 21:00, through November.

The Big Pond #36: Luftbrücke – 70 Years of Memories


Produced by KCRW Berlin

Col. Gail S. Halvorsen Photo by Sylvia Cunningham.

On June 24, 1948, the Soviet military administration officially cut off roads and rails into West Berlin in the Berlin Blockade, isolating it from the rest of West Germany. In this episode of The Big Pond, KCRW Berlin reflects on the Berlin Airlift, a massive multinational effort to bring vital supplies to West Berliners via plane during the blockade. To tell this story, producers Monika Müller-Kroll, Sylvia Cunningham, and Nikki Motson interview some of those who experienced it firsthand.

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