Sunday, 23 May 2010

Polish Airlines Hijacking

Barbara Galonska was a passenger on board Polish Airlines flight 165 heading for East Berlin. The flight was hijacked by Hans Detlef Tiede who demanded it to land in West Berlin. Galonska chose to return to the GDR, rather than to defect (Scheuermann, 2010). A US court was set up in the Tempelhof airport departure lounge to prosecute (Deutsche Welle, 2008).

Judge Stern (right)

Deutsche Welle (2008) US Judge: Berlin Plane Hijack Trial Had Parallels to Guantanamo.
[Online],,3587971,00.html [23/05/2010]
Scheuermann, C. (2010) Hijacked to Capitalism: Unwitting East German Defectors Revisit Decision to Stay or Go. [Online],1518,695710,00.html#ref=nlint
[23/05/2010] [2010] US v. Tiede Summary: United States Court for Berlin, March 14, 1979. [Online] [23/05/2010]