• Short Summary

    FIFTY-SEVEN EAST GERMANS ESCAPED INTO WEST BERLIN OVER THE WEEKEND THROUGH A TUNNEL. A WEST?

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    FIFTY-SEVEN EAST GERMANS ESCAPED INTO WEST BERLIN OVER THE WEEKEND THROUGH A TUNNEL. A WEST BERLIN OFFICIAL SAID THE REFUGEES -- 23 MEN, 31 WOMEN AND THREE CHILDREN -- FLED TO THE WEST IN SEVERAL GROUPS BETWEEN SATURDAY AND TODAY (MONDAY), THE LAST OF THEM EARLY THIS MORNING. IT WAS THE LARGEST NUMBER OF PEOPLE SO FAR TO HAVE ESCAPED INTO WEST BERLIN BY TUNNEL.

    IT WAS THE SAME ESCAPE ROUTE USED BY THREE EAST GERMAN GIRLS IN JANUARY THIS YEAR. VISNEWS LIBRARY FILM SHOWS THE CELLAR OF AN UNUSED BAKERY IN WEST BERLIN'S BERNAUERSTRASSE, AND THE TUNNEL FROM WHICH THE GIRLS EMERGED AFTER AN UNCOMFORTABLE 500 FEET (150 METRES) CRAWL FROM UNDER A COAL YARD IN EAST BERLIN.

    WEST BERLIN POLICE CLOSED THE WESTERN EXIT TO THE TUNNEL TODAY AFTER ACTIVITY ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE WALL SHOWED THE EAST BERLIN AUTHORITIES HAD DISCOVERED THE TUNNEL'S ENTRANCE. LATER, TWO CARS AND A MOTOR CYCLE ARRIVED AT THE EASTERN END OF THE TUNNEL. SEVERAL SUB-MACHINE GUN SHOTS WERE HEARD SOON AFTERWARDS.

    A REPORT FROM EAST BERLIN SAID AN EAST GERMAN BORDER GUARD WAS SHOT AND KILLED EARLY TODAY BY "WEST BERLIN AGENTS" AT A REFUGEE ESCAPE TUNNEL DUG UNDER THE BERLIN WALL. THE REPORT SAID "THE MURDERERS CAME THROUGH AN AGENT'S TUNNEL DUG FROM WEST BERLIN AND BUILT WITH PERMISSION AND ACTIVE SUPPORT OF THE WEST BERLIN POLICE."
    (AT THE TIME OF THE JANUARY ESCAPE REPORTS SAID THAT 25 PEOPLE TOOK MORE THAN SIX MONTHS TO DUG THE TUNNEL. A SCORE OF PEOPLE WERE SAID TO BE AWAITING INSTRUCTIONS TO USE THE ESCAPE ROUTE. THE DISCOVERY OF THE TUNNEL CAME JUST A FEW MINUTES BEFORE THEY LEFT THE ASSEMBLY POINT AND THUS THEY AVOIDED CAPTURE.)

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    Film ID:
    VLVA901FRJNMCKRX3D99OEFFIVXVA
    Media URN:
    VLVA901FRJNMCKRX3D99OEFFIVXVA
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    05/10/1964
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:00:54:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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