• Short Summary

    ON AUGUST 13TH THE JAGGED LINE OF CONCRETE SLABS, WOODEN BARRICADES, STEEL POSTS AND BARBED WIRE THAT DIVIDES THE CITY OF BERLIN WILL HAVE EXISTED FOR THE FIRST OF THE ONE THOUSAND YEARS ITS BUILDERS - THE EAST GERMANS - BOASTED IT WOULD LAST.

  • Description

    ON AUGUST 13TH THE JAGGED LINE OF CONCRETE SLABS, WOODEN BARRICADES, STEEL POSTS AND BARBED WIRE THAT DIVIDES THE CITY OF BERLIN WILL HAVE EXISTED FOR THE FIRST OF THE ONE THOUSAND YEARS ITS BUILDERS - THE EAST GERMANS - BOASTED IT WOULD LAST. BUT THE "WALL OF SHAME", AS THE WEST BERLINERS CALL IT, IS NOT THE ONLY FORTIFICATION DIVIDING A PEOPLE INTO EAST GERMANS AND WEST GERMANS.

    JUST AS THE BERLIN WALL HAS BEEN STRENGTHENED, RENEWED AND BUILT HIGHER, SO THE WIRE FENCES ROUND THE 68? MILE OUTSKIRTS OF WEST BERLIN DEEP INSIDE EAST GERMANY HAVE BEEN AUGMENTED BY DEEP DITCHES AND EVEN MORE WIRE ENTANGLEMENTS. HOUSES THAT MAY BE USED BY GERMANS TRYING TO CROSS THE BORDER HAVE BEEN TORN DOWN; TREES AND BUSHES HAVE BEEN CLEARED. THE ONLY NEW BUILDINGS TO APPEAR - THE STARK, WOODEN WATCH-TOWERS OF BORDER GUARDS. FARMHOUSES TOO HAVE COME IN FOR ATTENTION. THOSE TOO LARGE OR IMPORTANT FOR DEMOLITION SUDDENLY SPROUT A NEW STRUCTURE AMONG THE WEATHER-BEATEN ROOF TILES - ANOTHER WATCH-TOWER.

    FROM THE CENTRE OF THE CITY, AS AUGUST 13TH DRAWS NEAR, COME REPORTS OF INCREASING TENSION ON BOTH SIDES OF THE WALL. AND ON BOTH SIDES HEAVY REINFORCEMENTS OF POLICE ARE BEING STEADILY BROUGHT IN TO CONTROL ANY DEMONSTRATIONS. ON AUGUST 10TH IN EAST BERLIN A PRESS CONFERENCE WAS TOLD THAT A WIDESPREAD ORGANIZATION WAS READY TO BLOW HUGE GAPS IN THE WALL WITH HIGH EXPLOSIVES ON ANNIVERSARY DAY. ALSO ON AUGUST 10TH PRESIDENT LUEBKE OF WEST GERMANY ARRIVED IN BERLIN FOR A WEEK'S VISIT, SAYING HE WANTED TO BE IN THE CITY ON THE FIRST ANNIVERSARY OF THE BORDER CLOSURE. A THOUSAND YEAR WALL? THERE ARE MANY WHO THINK THAT ONE YEAR IS MORE THAN ENOUGH.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVABJLX31YFWKHP1P5BM6SPH91RJ
    Media URN:
    VLVABJLX31YFWKHP1P5BM6SPH91RJ
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    10/08/1962
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:38:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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