• Short Summary

    ONE OF THE LESS WELL-KNOWN ASPECTS OF WEST BERLIN'S ISOLATION IS THE DIFFICULTY OF MOVING HOUSE TO WEST GERMANY.

  • Description

    ONE OF THE LESS WELL-KNOWN ASPECTS OF WEST BERLIN'S ISOLATION IS THE DIFFICULTY OF MOVING HOUSE TO WEST GERMANY. EAST GERMAN REFUGEES, WHO REACHED THE WESTERN HALF OF THE CITY BEFORE AUGUST 13 AND WERE LUCKY ENOUGH TO ESCAPE WITH MORE THAN JUST A SUIT-CASE FULL OF CLOTHES, HAVE TO TAKE EVERYTHING OUT OF BERLIN BY AIR. WEST BERLINERS WHO WANT TO MOVE TO THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC CAN CHOOSE BETWEEN ROAD AND AIR TRANSPORT.

    AIR TRANSPORT BY FREIGHTER FROM TEMPELHOF AIRPORT IN THE U.S. SECTOR OF WEST BERLIN IS A MATTER OF ROUTINE, BUT NATURALLY EXPENSIVE.

    THE CHEAPER WAY IS BY REMOVAL VAN ALONG THE AUTOBAHN THROUGH EAST GERMANY - BUT THAT MEANS SATISFYING THE DEMANDS OF THE EAST GERMAN AUTHORITIES. FURNITURE AND OTHER HOUSEHOLD POSSESSIONS OF A WEST BERLINER ARE ALLOWED THROUGH EAST GERMANY ONLY IF ACCOMPANIED BY THE OWNER, WHO IS THUS OBLIGED TO SHARE THE CAB WITH THE DRIVER AND CO-DRIVER OF THE VAN.

    BEFORE THE FURNITURE IS ALLOWED TO ENTER EAST GERMANY, THE OWNER MUST PRODUCE EVIDENCE THAT HE HAS CANCELLED HIS POLICE REGISTRATION IN WEST BERLIN AND HAS REGISTERED WITH THE POLICE IN HIS NEW PLACE OF RESIDENCE IN WEST GERMANY. THIS MEANS AN EXTRA TRIP TO WEST GERMANY IN THE FIRST PLACE, BECAUSE POLICE REGISTRATION MUST BE DONE PERSONALLY. BUT THIS IS NOT ALL - THE OWNER MUST ALSO PRODUCE UPON ENTRY INTO EAST GERMANY A LIST OF ALL HIS GOODS IN TRANSIT, DETAILING EVERY SINGLE ITEM CARRIED IN THE REMOVAL VAN. SINCE HE MUST NO CARRY ANY BOOKS WHOSE SUBJECT MIGHT BE CONSTRUED AS "SUBVERSIVE OR "REACTIONARY", HE IS WELL ADVISED TO SEND HIS LIBRARY BY AIR IN ANY CASE."

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA5AOXLRT1IDE8K9TA1QQAPMYYD
    Media URN:
    VLVA5AOXLRT1IDE8K9TA1QQAPMYYD
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    15/12/1961
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:47:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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