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Presentation on Cold War set for Oct. 9

September 04, 2010

CASCADE - One Mountain Foundation will conduct a living history symposium titled "Understanding the East German Soldier of the Cold War" at Fort Ritchie on Oct. 9 from 5:30 to 7 p.m.

The event will allow participants to better understand what life was like for the average East German soldier during the Cold War from John A. Miller, a living historian. The event will be held across from the Fort Ritchie Castle on Barrick Avenue.

Miller, using museum- quality reproductions, will show attendees items consisting of uniforms and accouterments.Attendees will be able to learn what East German soldiers from the post World War II era would have worn, carried and used on a daily basis. A camp will be set up to better envision field living quarters.

One Mountain Foundation is a tax-exempt, nonstock corporation with a focus to promote and support educational programs, historical preservation, community improvement projects, cultural activities and special projects that benefit the Mountaintop area.

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"To better understand our future, we need to understand our past," said Miller, chairman of the Heritage Development Committee and a One Mountain Foundation board member. "The East German Army was considered to be one of the best Warsaw Pact militaries in the world aside from Russia. Conscripts, women and children all had their place in the communist state, which we will discuss during the event. Many East German soldiers and civilians fled to West Germany in order to seek freedom. This program will give participants an understanding of the Cold War era and what it was like to be on the opposing side."

For more information, go to http://www.onemountainfoundation.org.

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