Phil McKenna Describes the Making of “Life in the Death Zone”

Two German boys—one from the East, one from the West—spent their teenage years birdwatching on either side of the Iron Curtain. Today, the former pen pals aim to transform the no-man’s-land into a Green Belt across Europe. To tell their story, journalist Phil McKenna literally walked into a minefield. The result of his efforts, jointly published at NOVA Next and at The Big Roundtable in February 2015, was a richly textured tale of conservation and friendship forged under the most trying circumstances. Here, McKenna tells the story behind his story.