The Berlin Airlift represents one of the most dramatic humanitarian efforts of the post-war era and was a strikingly successful example of British and American co-operation. Furthermore, it was an event which made a major contribution towards turning a wartime enemy into a Cold-War ally. At the core of the book are two themes: the enormous logistical challenges posed by the airlift and the complicated relationship between Berliners and the Western Allies.
HELENA SCHRADER is an American historian (BA University Michigan 1975, MA University of Kentucky 1977, PhD University of Hamburg 1991), who has lived in Berlin for the last twenty years. She witnessed at first hand the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989. Helena works for the US Foreign Service.