Friday, September 27, 2019

Betrayal in Berlin

Posted: 27 September 2019
Updated: 1Nov19

A year or two ago--actually it was five years ago--I received a phone call from writer Steve Vogel telling me he got my name from the CIA in Washington, DC regarding the Berlin Tunnel operation I'd participated in during the Cold War. Having been a Washington Post reporter for more than 20 years, he was writing a more in depth account of this operation and, because I was there, would I be willing to help him tell a more accurate story. I was.
On September 17, he wrote:
Hi Eugene, 
The book comes out next week! Details below. I'd like to have a copy sent to you - what's the best address to use?I'm very grateful for all your help on this, from start to finish. Hope you are doing well! 

On September 2019 the book came, which surprised me by its size. In looking through his mention of my stuff, he uses my birth name, Eugene Kregg, which was my name at the time. Of course.

The depth of Steve's historical account of the tunnel is hugely interesting to me, since it fleshes out what unquestionably was the singular event that has been at the center of my own life for more than six subsequent decades.

Sunday, September 8, 2019

Visit to Swedish Embassy in Washington, D.C.

Posted: 8 September 2019

Swedish Embassy, Washington, D.C.

Me at Swedish Embassy on 5 September 2019
On 5 Sept 19, I visited the Swedish Embassy to be formally interviewed for a resident visa. Had to go all the way to D.C. for this interview, since as of January 1st this year all US applicants were required to go through the D.C. Embassy. In prior years, this process had been allowed at any number of closer consulates. I had originally planned to visit the Phoenix consulate to do this, until Sweden changed its policy. I'd been waiting almost 9 months for this appointment, which took less than an hour to take photos of me, my USA passport, marriage certificate to Birgitta, and my fingerprints. These data were then sent to Swedish Immigration in Stockholm. I was told it should take about two weeks to get a final decision, which would then allow us to move to Sweden within about six months.