• Short Summary

    EAST GERMAN TROOPS, POLICE AND MEMBERS OF THE COMMUNIST YOUTH MOVEMENT WERE FILMED OCT 28-29 AS THEY ERECTED MORE WATCH-TOWERS AND BARBED WIRE FENCES ALONG THE EAST-WEST GERMAN BORDER IN THE VICINITY OF THE HELMSTEDT CROSSING-POINT.

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    EAST GERMAN TROOPS, POLICE AND MEMBERS OF THE COMMUNIST YOUTH MOVEMENT WERE FILMED OCT 28-29 AS THEY ERECTED MORE WATCH-TOWERS AND BARBED WIRE FENCES ALONG THE EAST-WEST GERMAN BORDER IN THE VICINITY OF THE HELMSTEDT CROSSING-POINT.

    A SIGN DECORATED WITH FLOWER TRIBUTES MARKS THE SPOT WHERE ON OCT 12 A WEST GERMAN JOURNALIST WAS SHOT BY EAST GERMAN POLICE WHEN HE STROLLED A FEW YARDS ACROSS THE BORDER TO SPEAK TO A GROUP OF FARM WORKERS. AT THIS POINT, THE BORDER RUNS FOR TWO MILES ALONG ONE SIDE OF A WEST GERMAN ROAD.

    ON THE EASTERN SIDE, TROOPS WERE USING A MECHANICAL DRILL TO PREPARE THE GROUND FOR CONCRETE POSTS TO CARRY HEAVY BARBED WIRE ENTANGLEMENTS. OVER ONE OF THE WORKING SITES AN FDJ FLAG WAS FLYING - THE BANNER OF EAST GERMANY'S SO-CALLED FREE GERMAN YOUTH ORGANISATION. SMOKE FLARES WERE CARRIED ALONG THE BORDER TO SCREEN THE WORK FROM THE EYES OF WESTERN OBSERVERS.

    THE STRENGTHENING OF BORDER DEFENCES WENT HAND IN HAND WITH THE REINFORCEMENT OF EAST GERMAN FRONTIER GUARDS AND THE EVACUATION OF EAST GERMAN FAMILIES FROM HOUSES WITHIN THREE MILES OF THE BORDER. ALL EFFORTS ARE MADE BY THE EAST GERMAN AUTHORITIES TO SEAL OFF THE BORDER, NOT SO MUCH AGAINST INFILTRATION FROM OUTSIDE AS AGAINST THE NEVER-CEASING TRICKLE OF REFUGEES FROM THE "GERMAN DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC".

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    Film ID:
    VLVA6OZINP2Q556K4JEZ1AT05F64K
    Media URN:
    VLVA6OZINP2Q556K4JEZ1AT05F64K
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    30/10/1961
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:20:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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