The Berlin Wall | A city divided between East and West by the Cold War
CHANNEL | BBC Television Service
FIRST BROADCAST | 30 October 1961
DURATION | 11 minutes 21 seconds
Robin Day visits various places along the East-West Berlin boundary that have taken on new significance since the wall was constructed a few months ago. From Checkpoint Charlie to the Brandenburg Gate, he traces the symbols of division and the precautionary measures taken against Russian movements. The report also provides an idea of what life was like for the inhabitants behind the wall and includes an interview with the Mayor of West Berlin, Willy Brandt.
In this footage, flowers mark the spot where an East Berliner jumped out of a window to escape from the Russian zone but tragically died. This was possibly Ida Siekmann, who jumped from the third floor of her house at Bernauer Strasse on 22 August 1961 but did not survive her injuries, despite throwing mattresses onto the pavement to break her fall.
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