• Short Summary

    EAST GERMAN AUTHORITIES ARE CONTINUING REMODERNISATION WORK ON THE BERLIN WALL THIS WEEK AS PREPARATIONS ARE MADE TO CELEBRATE THE FIFTH ANNIVERSARY ON SATURDAY OF THE BUILDING OF THE WALL.

  • Description

    EAST GERMAN AUTHORITIES ARE CONTINUING REMODERNISATION WORK ON THE BERLIN WALL THIS WEEK AS PREPARATIONS ARE MADE TO CELEBRATE THE FIFTH ANNIVERSARY ON SATURDAY OF THE BUILDING OF THE WALL.

    THE PRESENT RECONSTRUCTION WORK ON THE BERLIN WALL IS DESIGNED TO MODERNISE IT, MAKING IT BOTH MORE SECURE AND LESS UGLY TO LOOK AT. WORK HIS WEEK WAS IN PROGRESS IN THE POTZDAMER PLATZ, AT THE JUNCTION OF THE SOVIET, AMERICAN AND BRITISH SECTORS. ON THE WEST GERMAN SIDE WHERE VISITORS CAN WATCH THE BUILDING WORK BEING CARRIED OUT UNDER THE SUPERVISION OF ARMED GUARDS WITH DOGS, A DISPLAY OF PICTURES HAS BEEN PUT UP SHOWING THE AREA AS IT LOOKED BEFORE THE CITY WAS DIVIDED.

    THE FIFTH ANNIVERSARY ON SATURDAY WILL BE CELEBRATED QUITE DIFFERENTLY IN EAST AND WEST BERLIN.

    IN EAST BERLIN THERE ARE PLANS FOR LARGE PUBLIC CELEBRATIONS WITH PARADES THROUGH THE STREETS. THE THEME OF THE CELEBRATIONS IS THAT THE WALL SAVED PEACE IN GERMANY AND EUROPE AND DEFEATED THE "AGGRESSIVE PLANS" OF THE WEST. IN CONNECTION WITH THE CELEBRATIONS, FIGURES HAVE BEEN RELEASED STATING THAT OVER 73,000 HAVE CROSSED FROM WEST GERMANY INTO EAST GERMANY SINCE THE WALL WAS BUILT. A MEMORIAL IS ALSO BEING BUILT TO BORDER GUARDS WHO WERE KILLED TO PREVENT ESCAPES AND STREETS ARE BEING RENAMED AFTER GUARDS WHO "DIED DEFENDING THE STATE BORDERS".

    IN WEST BERLIN, THE EMPHASIS OF THE FIFTH ANNIVERSARY WILL BE MOURNING FOR THOSE WHO HAVE DIED TRYING TO CROSS FROM EAST TO WEST. TAKING PROMINENT PART IN THE WREATH-LAYING AND OTHER CEREMONIES WILL BE SOME OF THE 24,000 WHO MADE THE CROSSING SUCCESSFULLY.

    BOTH EAST AND WEST BERLINERS WILL REMEMBER THE DAYS WHICH BEGAN ON AUGUST 13,1961 WHEN THE FIRST BARBED WIRE BARRIERS WENT UP TO DIVIDE THEIR CITY. THAT DAY, BEFORE THE WALL WAS SEALED COMPLETELY, SOME 2,400 EAST GERMANS HURRIED ACROSS TO THE WEST.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA5AX8IE1D79WLCMW65ON4PT0PU
    Media URN:
    VLVA5AX8IE1D79WLCMW65ON4PT0PU
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    10/08/1966
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:44:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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