• Short Summary

    The first telephone link between East and West Berlin for 19 years was opened today (Sunday).....

  • Description

    The first telephone link between East and West Berlin for 19 years was opened today (Sunday).....but the first call across the divided city brought no reply.

    The ten telephone lines linking the two Berlins were choked with calls at the stroke of six o'clock in the morning when they came into operation. They were the first telephone contacts across the border since May, 1952, when East Germany cut the entire system of almost 4,000 lines charging the American CIA and another anti-communist organisations had misused them.

    The first call, from West to last, was an anti-climax.....nobody picked up the phone at the other and.

    But two and a half hours and about 200 calls later, the west Berlin exchange announced it was accepting no more bookings (or the rest of the day. It had already accepted its maximum of 750 calls. The East German figure was not available.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVABD6WNIZHSR8YJBBQW0RM83NCS
    Media URN:
    VLVABD6WNIZHSR8YJBBQW0RM83NCS
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    31/01/1971
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:10:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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