• Short Summary

    BERNARD THWAITES, 19-YEAR-OLD BRITISH STUDENT HELD FOR 15 DAYS IN AN EAST BERLIN JAIL, WAS QUOTED TODAY (SUNDAY) AS SAYING HE HAD ONLY ONE COMPLAINT - HE HAD PUT ON WEIGHT BECAUSE OF TOO MUCH FOOD.

  • Description

    1.
    CU.THWAITES SOF STARTS: "THEY BELIEVED I'D...



    SOF ENDS: ...MY POSITION."
    0.16

    2.
    CU.INTERVIEWER: SOF STARTS: "HOW DID THEY LOOK
    0.18

    3.
    CU.THWAITES..SOF STARTS: "THEY TREATED ME....SOF ENDS:...PERFECTLY YES."
    0.51


    TRANSCRIPT: SEQ. 1: THWAITES: "THEY BELIEVED THAT I HELPED SOMEONE ACROSS THE BORDER. AND IN MY INTERROGATION IN THE TWO-AND-A-HALF WEEKS I WAS IN BERLIN, THEY REALISED THAT IF I HAD DONE ANYTHING IT WAS JUST THROUGH MY IGNORANCE OF THE, THEN, POSITION."



    SEQ. 2: INTERVIEWER: "HOW DID THEY LOOK AFTER YOU?"



    SEQ. 3: THWAITES: "OH, THEY TREATED ME VERY WELL, WITH THE UTMOST COURTESY."



    INTERVIEWER: "WHERE DID THEY TAKE YOU?"



    THWAITES: "THEY TOOK ME INTO CUSTODY (INDISTINCT) AND I STAYED THERE TWO AND A HALF WEEKS AND IT WAS THERE THAT THE INTERROGATION WAS DONE, REALLY."



    INTERVIEWER: "WHAT WAS THE INTERROGATION LIKE?"



    THWAITES: "THE INTERROGATION WAS STRAIGHTFORWARD STUFF, I SUPPOSE, IT WASN'T BADLY PUT, IT WAS VERY KINDLY PUT AND..."



    INTERVIEWER: "WOULD YOU SAY IT WAS FAIR?"



    THWAITES: "OH, PERFECTLY, YES..."




    Initials AK/V/BHH/JG



    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    Background: BERNARD THWAITES, 19-YEAR-OLD BRITISH STUDENT HELD FOR 15 DAYS IN AN EAST BERLIN JAIL, WAS QUOTED TODAY (SUNDAY) AS SAYING HE HAD ONLY ONE COMPLAINT - HE HAD PUT ON WEIGHT BECAUSE OF TOO MUCH FOOD.

    THWAITES, WHO RETURNED LAST NIGHT AFTER BEING HELD ON SUSPICION OF TRYING TO HELP EAST GERMANS CROSS TO THE WEST WAS QUOTED AS SAYING HE HAD VARIED MEALS, 15 CIGARETTES A DAY, PLENTIFUL DRINKS AND A "VERY PLEASANT" LIFE.

    HE SPOKE TO OUR REPORTER ABOUT LIFE IN PRISON:

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVACB305DF2NHLFX3DFKDWMS591J
    Media URN:
    VLVACB305DF2NHLFX3DFKDWMS591J
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    29/08/1965
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:00:51:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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