The Canadians: Home-grown Soviet spies started the Cold War

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

This plaque on the pavement near the Brandenburg Gate indicates where the Berlin Wall once stood. Built in 1961 to prevent East Germans from fleeing and to stop an economically disastrous migration of workers, the Wall was a symbol of the Cold War and its fall in 1989 marked the Cold War’s approaching end.

In elementary school we were told to take occasional duck-and-cover air raid drills seriously because our town was in the path of Soviet nuclear missiles targeted at New York, Washington, and, who knows, Toronto or Montreal.