• Short Summary

    WEST BERLIN OFFICIALS TONIGHT (WEDNESDAY) ACCUSED THE EAST GERMANS OF ENDANGERING THE GOODWILL PRODUCED BY THE CHRISTMAS BORDER PASS SCHEME.

  • Description

    WEST BERLIN OFFICIALS TONIGHT (WEDNESDAY) ACCUSED THE EAST GERMANS OF ENDANGERING THE GOODWILL PRODUCED BY THE CHRISTMAS BORDER PASS SCHEME.THEIR ACCUSATIONS FOLLOWED THE SHOOTING OF AN 18-YEAR-OLD REFUGEE.HE WAS SHOT IN THE BACK AS HE CLIMBED THE WALL INTO THE U.S.SECTOR.WITH A COMPANION, HE MANAGED TO DROP ON THE WESTERN SIDE OF THE WALL, BUT DIED LATER IN HOSPITAL.

    HERR HEINRICH ALBERZ, WEST BERLIN DEPUTY MAYOR, SAID: "THESE SHOTS HAVE HIT US ALL.THE NARROW ROAD WHICH WAS OPENED TO HUMAN FEELING IN BERLIN HAS BECOME EVEN NARROWER.WE ACCUSE AND FEEL CONTEMPT FOR THOSE WHO SHOT AND FOR THOSE WHO GAVE THE ORDERS."
    ABOUT 73,000 WEST BERLINERS - ONLY HALF THE EXPECTED NUMBER - TODAY PASSED THROUGH THE FOUR ROAD AND ONE RAIL CROSSING POINTS INTO EAST BERLIN FOR A CHRISTMAS DAY REUNION WITH RELATIVES.

    THERE WAS A FEELING OF CHRISTMAS SPIRIT ON BOTH SIDES.THEY WERE SHUTTLED THROUGH AT A REMARKABLE SPEED AND EFFICIENCY.EAST GERMAN BORDER GUARDS, IN THEIR RUSSIAN-STYLE UNIFORMS, WISHED VISITORS A "VERY POLITE" MERRY CHRISTMAS.

    BECAUSE OF THE EXPECTED RUSH, THE BORDER GUARDS ALLOWED THOUSANDS THROUGH BEFORE THE SCHEDULED OPENING.CARS, TOO, HAD LITTLE TROUBLE AT THE CHECKPOINTS.

    WITH THE SCHEME A WEEK OLD, MORE THAN 110,000 PEOPLE AND 13,000 CARS HAVE BEEN ALLOWED TO PASS.THE WALL CLOSES ON JANUARY 5.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVABIS5DBKO7PPL40JLGLKKTI50
    Media URN:
    VLVABIS5DBKO7PPL40JLGLKKTI50
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    25/12/1963
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:13:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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