• Short Summary

    AN 18-YEAR-OLD EAST GERMAN BOY WAS SHOT WHILE TRYING TO CROSS THE BORDER INTO THE WESTERN ZONE OF BERLIN ON FRIDAY.

  • Description

    AN 18-YEAR-OLD EAST GERMAN BOY WAS SHOT WHILE TRYING TO CROSS THE BORDER INTO THE WESTERN ZONE OF BERLIN ON FRIDAY. FOR ALMOST AN HOUR THE YOUTH LAY BLEEDING IN CLEAR SIGHT OF WEST BERLINERS BEFORE THE EAST GERMAN POLICE CARRIED HIM AWAY. LATER IT WAS ANNOUNCED THAT HE HAD DIED IN HOSPITAL.

    WEST BERLINERS WHO SAW THE INCIDENT STATED THAT HE HAD BEEN HIT IN THE BACK AND STOMACH BY AUTOMATIC PISTOL FIRE. WHEN THE SHOOTING STARTED HE HAD REACHED THE TOP OF THE SIX FOOT WALL BUT HE FELL BACK INTO THE EASTERN SECTOR.

    AS THE EAST GERMAN POLICE MADE NO ATTEMPT TO GO TO HIS AID THE WEST BERLIN POLICE THREW A FIRST AID KIT TO HIM, BUT HE WAS TOO WEAK TO USE IT. WHEN HIS CRIES HAD STOPPED FOR SEVERAL MINUTES AN EAST GERMAN BORDER GUARD CARRIED HIM AWAY OVER HIS SHOULDER.

    ANOTHER 18-YEAR-OLD WHO MADE A DASH FOR THE WALL AT THE SAME TIME DID MANAGE TO ESCAPE SAFELY. BOTH OF THEM HAD BEEN WORKING ON A BUILDING SITE CLOSE TO THE WALL.

    (THE SHOOTING OF THE YOUTH - ONE OF MORE THAN 50 TO BE KILLED WHILE ATTEMPTING TO ESCAPE SINCE THE WALL WENT UP A YEAR AGO - SOON BROUGHT OUT A LARGE CROWD OF WEST BERLINERS. AS THEIR NUMBERS BEGAN TO GROW THEY SHOUTED "MURDERERS" AND "BANDITS". THEY DISPERSED WHEN THE EAST GERMAN POLICE THREW FOUR TEAR GAS BOMBS AMONG THEM. THESE WERE THROWN BACK INTO THE EAST BY WEST BERLIN POLICE. ON SATURDAY ANOTHER LARGE CROWD FORMED JUST INSIDE THE WESTERN BORDER AND ONLY BROKE UP WHEN THE EAST GERMAN POLICE ATTACKED WITH TEAR GAS.)

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVAAJKEJCVVU3DP1UKU9CJ0GJ3DV
    Media URN:
    VLVAAJKEJCVVU3DP1UKU9CJ0GJ3DV
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    19/08/1962
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:28:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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