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The Degner Defection

In 1961, on the brink of global success, East German racer Ernst Degner vanished. Stephen Evans unearths this fascinating story of technology, speed and Cold War intrigue.

Fifty years ago a dashing, ultra-talented motorbike racer planned to escape from Communist East Germany at the height of the Cold War.

Award winning presenter Stephen Evans tells how Degner, a hero in his homeland, risked everything including the life of his young family to flee to the west, taking with him ground breaking technology developed deep behind the Iron Curtain. All that stood in his way was an increasingly repressive regime, the notorious Stasi and the building of a certain wall that changed the course of European history.

28 minutes

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Mon 13 Feb 2012 11:00