• Short Summary

    THE BERLIN WALL HAS REMAINED CLOSED THIS CHRISTMAS ... THERE HAVE BEEN NONE OF THE?

  • Description

    THE BERLIN WALL HAS REMAINED CLOSED THIS CHRISTMAS ... THERE HAVE BEEN NONE OF THE JOYFUL FAMILY REUNIONS THAT TOOK PLACE IN ITS SHADOW EVERY DECEMBER FOR THE PAST THREE YEARS.

    THE AUTHORITIES ON THE OPPOSING SIDES OF THE WALL FAILED TO REACH AN AGREEMENT THIS YEAR TO ALLOW CHRISTMAS PASSES, AND DIVIDED BERLIN FAMILIES HAVE HAD TO CELEBRATE CHRISTMAS SEPARATELY. BETWEEN THEM THERE IS THE GRIM EDIFICE THAT KEEPS THEM APART, WITH ALL ITS ACCOMPANYING BARRED WIRE ENTANGLEMENTS, ARMED GUARDS AND CHECK-POINTS.

    BUT THE PEOPLE OF WEST BERLIN HAVE CARRIED ON ANOTHER TRADITION. THEY PLACED LIGHTED CANDLES IN WINDOWS FACING THE EAST, A WARM SYMBOLIC GREETING TO FRIENDS AND RELATIVES ACROSS THE WALL. WEST BERLIN'S NEW MAYOR, HERR HEINRICH ALBERTZ, HAD ASKED THE PEOPLE OF THE CITY TO LIGHT THEIR CANDLES AGAIN, AN THIS CHRISTMAS EVE THERE WERE MORE OF THEM GLOWING IN WINDOWS THAN EVER BEFORE.

    AGREEMENT BETWEEN EAST AND WEST IN 1963, 1964 AND 1965 ALLOWED ABOUT 450,000 WEST BERLINERS TO CROSS INTO EAST BERLIN FOR CHRISTMAS.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVAB513U8K1G1FZGH22TVMEPBMN7
    Media URN:
    VLVAB513U8K1G1FZGH22TVMEPBMN7
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    25/12/1966
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:11:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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