• Short Summary

    TO THE BERLINERS ON BOTH SIDES OF THE DIVIDED CITY, THE BARRIERS OF BARBED WIRE BRING HARDSHIP, DISTRESS.

  • Description

    TO THE BERLINERS ON BOTH SIDES OF THE DIVIDED CITY, THE BARRIERS OF BARBED WIRE BRING HARDSHIP, DISTRESS. THE "WALL OF WIRE" SEPARATES FAMILIES, RELATIVES, FRIENDS; NORMAL GREETINGS, GOODBYES WITH KISSES, HANDSHAKING, LIKE THE EXCHANGE OF PRESENTS, BETWEEN THEM ABRUPTLY CAME TO AN END.

    ONLY THE OFTEN RISKY APPROACH BETWEEN THE ARMED GUARDS ALLOWS AN EXCHANGE OF URGENT FAMILY NEWS THROUGH THE WIRE FENCES. FOR THESE WEST BERLINERS, AUG 17, THEIR NEWS WAS GRAVE.

    THEY HAVE A TELEGRAM FROM THEIR RELATIVES INSIDE THE EASTERN SECTOR. THE TELEGRAM SAID THAT A MEMBER OF THEIR FAMILY IS IN HOSPITAL, AND DANGEROUSLY ILL. THEY COME TO THE WIRE TO SEEK FURTHER NEWS AND AS THEY TALK, THE EAST GERMAN POLICE STAND CLOSE BY AND LISTEN. COULD THEY TRY TO CROSS? THEY CAN GET PERMISSION - BUT THEY TOO, ARE REFUGEES ALREADY, AND THEREFORE THEY SAY, IT WOULD BE DANGEROUS FOR THEM TO GO BACK. AND THEY WALK AWAY FROM THE WIRE, SAYING GOOD-BYE TO THE RELATIVES ON THE OTHER SIDE WITH LITTLE HOPE OF SEEING THE MAN WHO LIES DYING IN A HOSPITAL SOMEWHERE IN THE EASTERN SECTOR.

    FOR TRADESMEN, THE WALL OF WIRE OFTEN BRINGS THEIR BUSINESS TO A HALT. A TYPICAL SELF-EMPLOYED BERLINER IS SHOE-REPAIRER EMIL SIEVERS - HIS SHOP IS IN THE WESTERN SECTOR, SILENT AND SHUTTERED, HIS HOME IS IN THE EASTERN SECTOR, IN HAILING DISTANCE... ACROSS THE WIRE FENCE.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA9AOU497WH0KGBQIRA34RVU9WB
    Media URN:
    VLVA9AOU497WH0KGBQIRA34RVU9WB
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    18/08/1961
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:44:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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