• Short Summary

    TENS OF THOUSANDS OF WEST BERLINERS WERE STILL WAITING TO RETURN THROUGH THE FIVE CROSSING-POINTS IN THE WALL AT MIDNIGHT ON SUNDAY WHEN THEIR PASSES TO VISIT EAST BERLIN EXPIRED.

  • Description

    TENS OF THOUSANDS OF WEST BERLINERS WERE STILL WAITING TO RETURN THROUGH THE FIVE CROSSING-POINTS IN THE WALL AT MIDNIGHT ON SUNDAY WHEN THEIR PASSES TO VISIT EAST BERLIN EXPIRED.

    EAST GERMAN BORDER GUARDS CHECKED THE FINAL PASSES ABOUT 2 A.M. AND THE LAST WEST BERLINERS WALKED THROUGH THE WALL. STEEL-BARRED GATES WERE PUT ACROSS JAGGED DOORS IN THE WALL, WHILE AT THE INVALIDEN STRASSE POINT, BARRIERS WERE LOWERED WHEN THE LAST CARS HAD CROSSED.

    SHORTLY BEFORE NOON ON SUNDAY, THE MILLIONTH PERSON WITH A PERMIT UNDER THE CHRISTMAS SCHEME PASSED INTO EAST BERLIN. THE TOTAL FOR THE 17-DAY PERIOD IS PUT AT ABOUT 1,300,000. DURING THE DAY MILE-LONG QUEUES OF CARS BUILT UP AT THE CROSSING-POINTS, AND ANOTHER 300,000 PEOPLE VISITED THE EASTERN SECTOR TO SEE RELATIVES CUTOFF BY THE WALL SINCE AUGUST 1961.

    THERE IS CONSIDERABLE DOUBT WHETHER THE AGREEMENT WILL BE REPEATED. THE WESTERN COUNTRIES HAVE URGED CAUTION AND INSIST ON CONSULTATION BEFORE ANY NEW STEP IS TAKEN. HERR ULBRICHT, THE EAST GERMAN LEADER, HAS HINTED THAT FOR ANY NEW AGREEMENT HE WILL RAISE BOTH HIS POLITICAL AND FINANCIAL DEMANDS.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAE2O240IA7WUB1RO8H1N23P5OI
    Media URN:
    VLVAE2O240IA7WUB1RO8H1N23P5OI
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    06/01/1964
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:28:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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