• Short Summary

    ON SEPT 16, FIVE WEEKS AFTER THE EAST GERMAN MOVE TO SEAL OFF THE SECTOR BOUNDARY BETWEEN EAST AND WEST BERLIN, THE DIVIDING WALLS WERE STILL GROWING.

  • Description

    ON SEPT 16, FIVE WEEKS AFTER THE EAST GERMAN MOVE TO SEAL OFF THE SECTOR BOUNDARY BETWEEN EAST AND WEST BERLIN, THE DIVIDING WALLS WERE STILL GROWING. THE INITIAL BARBED-WIRE WAS REPLACED BY A CONCRETE WALL WHICH HAS MEANWHILE BEEN RAISED WELL BEYOND A MAN'S HEIGHT BY SEVERAL LAYERS OF BRICKS, CROWNED BY THREEFOLD STRANDS OF BARBED WIRE.

    IN PLACES WHERE THE BORDER RUNS ALONG A STREET, WITH THE ROADWAY IN THE WEST AND ONE HOUSE IN THE EAST, EAST GERMAN WORKERS ARE BRICKING UP DOORS AND WINDOWS. IT IS A LONG JOB AND FAR FROM COMPLETED, AND WHILE THERE ARE STILL OPEN WINDOWS OVERLOOKING WEST BERLIN, EAST GERMANS ARE MAKING THE MOST OF A DANGEROUS EXIT TO FREEDOM. IN BERNAUER STRASSE, A MEMORIAL HAS BEEN ERECTED FOR A 59-YEAR-OLD WOMAN WHO JUMPED TO HER DEATH FROM A HIGH WINDOW IN AN ATTEMPT TO ESCAPE TO WEST BERLIN.

    WEST BERLIN ADVERTISING PILLARS - A COMMON SIGHT THROUGHOUT THE CITY - CARRYING POSTERS OFFERING 10,000 DM REWARD MONEY FOR NAME, ADDRESS AND OTHER PARTICULARS OF A PEOPLE'S POLICEMAN WHO IS SAID TO HAVE SHOT A MAN TRYING TO SWIM TO FREEDOM.

    WHILE THE STATUS QUO CONTINUES, WITH NO IMMEDIATE PROSPECTS OF A CHANGE, WEST BERLINERS HAVE TO CONTENT THEMSELVES WITH WAVING AND SHOUTING TO THEIR RELATIVES OVER THE BORDER. ARMED WITH BINOCULARS THEY STAND ATOP STEP LADDERS TO BE ABLE TO SEE OVER THE WALL. AND THEIR EAST BERLIN FRIENDS COME AS CLOSE TO THE OTHER SIDE OF THE WALL AS IS POSSIBLE WITHOUT INCURRING THE WRATH OF THE EAST GERMAN SECURITY GUARDS. FAMILY RELATIONS AT A DISTANCE - BUT THE BOND ACROSS THE BORDER REMAINS.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA6M8F1CLS9VSMWXTVRX53GZEG2
    Media URN:
    VLVA6M8F1CLS9VSMWXTVRX53GZEG2
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    18/09/1961
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:55:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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