• Short Summary

    ON A REGULAR RUN FROM ORANIENBURG, NORTH OF BERLIN, DEC 5, AN EAST GERMAN ENGINE DRIVER AND HIS FIREMEN ACCELERATED THEIR TRAIN THROUGH ITS LAST SCHEDULED STOP IN EAST GERMAN TERRITORY, AND SPED ACROSS THE BORDER INTO THE BRITISH SECTOR OF WEST BERLIN. 23 OF THEIR RELATIVES AND FRIENDS WERE ABOARD.

  • Description

    ON A REGULAR RUN FROM ORANIENBURG, NORTH OF BERLIN, DEC 5, AN EAST GERMAN ENGINE DRIVER AND HIS FIREMEN ACCELERATED THEIR TRAIN THROUGH ITS LAST SCHEDULED STOP IN EAST GERMAN TERRITORY, AND SPED ACROSS THE BORDER INTO THE BRITISH SECTOR OF WEST BERLIN. 23 OF THEIR RELATIVES AND FRIENDS WERE ABOARD.

    ARRIVING IN THE STAAKEN QUARTER OF SPANDAU, ONE OF THE PASSENGERS JUMPED OUT AND SMASHED A TRACKSIDE ALARM. WEST BERLIN POLICEMEN RUSHED TO THE SPOT. UNFORTUNATELY, WHEN OUR CAMERAMAN - THE FIRST - REACHED THE SCENE THE TRAIN HAD ALREADY BEEN RETRIEVED BY THE EAST GERMAN AUTHORITIES. WEST BERLIN POLICE ADVISED THE REFUGEES TO TURN THEIR BACKS TO THE CAMERA FOR FEAR THAT SHOULD THEY BE RECOGNIZED, THEIR RELATIVES STILL IN EAST GERMANY WOULD SUFFER IN CONSEQUENCE. PERAMBULATORS AND BELONGINGS WERE LOADED ABOARD POLICE VEHICLES, AND THE REFUGEES WERE DRIVEN TO POLICE HEADQUARTERS FOR CHECKING, AND AFTERWARDS TO THE MARIENFELDE REFUGEE CAMP.

    TEN WOMEN AND SEVEN CHILDREN WERE AMONG THE 23 REFUGEES. THE ENGINE DRIVER SAID HE HAD HEARD THAT THE LINE - A ROUTE FOR TRAINS FROM WEST BERLIN TO THE EAST-WEST GERMAN BORDER AT HELMSTEDT - WOULD BE BLOCKED COMPLETELY NEXT WEEK, AND MADE PLANS FOR THE ESCAPE. ALL BOUGHT TICKETS FOR ALBRECHTSHOF, THE LAST SCHEDULED STOP IN EAST GERMAN TERRITORY. SEVEN OF THE UNSUSPECTING REGULAR PASSENGERS HAVE ASKED TO RETURN TO EAST BERLIN.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA7M3D65IX3BEJFCVTQPR05GYJA
    Media URN:
    VLVA7M3D65IX3BEJFCVTQPR05GYJA
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    06/12/1961
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:00:52:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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