• Short Summary

    THE CHRISTMAS REUNION RUSH INTO EAST BERLIN BEGINS OFFICIALLY TOMORROW (FRIDAY). AT 0700 HOURS LOCAL?

  • Description

    THE CHRISTMAS REUNION RUSH INTO EAST BERLIN BEGINS OFFICIALLY TOMORROW (FRIDAY). AT 0700 HOURS LOCAL TIME (0600 GMT) THE BORDER WILL BE THROWN OPEN AT FOUR POINTS TO ALLOW WEST BERLINERS TO MAKE THEIR FIRST CROSSING FOR MORE THAN TWO YEARS. HOWEVER, SEVERAL PEOPLE ARMED WITH PASSES WERE ALLOWED THROUGH THIS AFTERNOON, IN SPITE OF EAST GERMAN INSISTENCE THAT THE BORDER WOULD NOT BE OPENED UNTIL TOMORROW.

    IT WAS JUST AFTER MIDDAY WHEN WEST BERLINERS, WHO HAD QUEUED IN THE SNOW ALL MORNING, COLLECTED THE FIRST PASSES ENABLING THEM TO VISIT RELATIVES LIVING IN THE EASTERN SECTOR. MORE THAN 20,000 PEOPLE WERE WAITING WHEN THE 12 DISTRIBUTION CENTRES OPENED FOR BUSINESS.

    THEY SURGED ACROSS TO THE TABLES WHERE EAST GERMAN POSTAL OFFICIALS WERE WAITING WITH PILES OF TYPEWRITTEN PASSES. MOST OF THE PERMITS - VALID FOR ONE DAY ONLY - WERE FOR CHRISTMAS AND BOXING DAYS (DECEMBER 25 & 26).

    NOT ALL OF THEM HAD COME TO COLLECT THEIR PASSES. THERE WERE THOSE WHO MISSED UT YESTERDAY, AS WELL AS HUNDREDS OF OTHERS, WHO HAD COME TO FILL OUT APPLICATION FORMS.

    EAST GERMAN OFFICIALS SAID SOME PASS APPLICATIONS HAD BEEN REFUSED BECAUSE THEY HAD NOT BEEN PROPERLY FILLED OUT. TO MEET THE OVERWHELMING DEMAND, THEY HAVE ASSIGNED 50 EXTRA WORKERS TO HELP THE 84 ALREADY MANNING THE 12 DISTRIBUTION CENTRES.

    THE BORDER IS DUE TO BE CLOSED ON JANUARY 5.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVAOIO36RUJPOT2WSKFM4L7YWUF
    Media URN:
    VLVAOIO36RUJPOT2WSKFM4L7YWUF
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    19/12/1963
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:03:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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