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Mary grew up in Berlin after the War. Her father was a major and was stationed in West Berlin as the Cold War began to take its grip. It was an unusual place to be she recalls and like many Children of Army personnel, Mary had private schooling. It was the after-school classes in Ballet that really caught Mary’s imagination. She loved Ballet. Many girls did. But Mary was quite exceptional. So much so that she dreamed of a future as a professional ballerina.

 

The Berlin school she excelled with, staged many productions in which Mary took a central role, with children from East and West Berlin taking part.

 

That was about to change when world events took a turn and the Berlin Wall was erected in the city almost overnight. Many families managed to make it from East to West, many people were assisted - one family by Mary. In return for her help Greta, a fellow ballerina, gave Mary a very special token. It was a medal, given by the Bolshoi.

 

Mary believes she is the only one in the West to get her hands on such a prize. A token which now hangs on her wall, in a treasured frame, in her room at HC-One.

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