Madison Committee
on Foreign Relations

Special Luncheon: Point Alpha at "Freedom's Frontier"

  • Monday, May 05, 2014
  • 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
  • University Club Banquet Hall, 803 State Street, Madison WI

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Special Luncheon co-sponsored with the UW-Madison Center for German and European Studies, part of the Division of International Studies

"Point Alpha at "Freedom's Frontier": Cold War Hot Spot in the Fulda Gap,
Landmark of American Military Commitment and Symbol Of German Unity"

Volker Bausch

Director of the Point Alpha Foundation and Academy in Geisa, Germany

Observation Point Alpha was one of 16 American Border Observation Points along the inner-German border. OP Alpha, the only remaining one, was situated in the "Fulda Gap", the strategic region in which a Soviet attack was expected at any time during the Cold War, because here the territory of the German Democratic Republic was only 100 miles away from the Rhein-Main Region.

At OP Alpha, troopers of the 14th and 11th ACR were on duty at "Freedom's Frontier" for several decades. The speech aims to make a trip through the history of this unique place, the strategic situation in the Fulda Gap, the character of the communist regime in the border district of a rural era and its transformation to a learning place for history.
 
Volker Bausch is currently the Director of the Point Alpha Foundation and Academy in Geisa, Germany. Previously he had a career supervising the education of migrant children in the federal state of Hesse and then for the localities of Frankfurt am Main and Kassel. Prior to that, Bausch worked to establish and strengthen educational institutions and teacher training in Afghanistan and Turkmenistan.

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