The Berlin Wall | A city divided between East and West by the Cold War
CHANNEL | The Light Programme
FIRST BROADCAST | 26 June 1963
DURATION | 3 minutes 24 seconds
Cold War paranoia is highlighted in this report by Ivor Jones about a visit to Berlin by Robert and Edward Kennedy. Jones details the labyrinthine diplomatic implications of Edward Kennedy having shown his passport to East German officials so that he could visit the communist sector of the city.
In the year before the Kennedys' visit, an 18-year-old called Peter Fechter was killed while trying to escape from East to West Berlin. He was shot while climbing over the wall and left unattended by either side until he eventually bled to death. His demise became symbolic of the fear and paranoia of the Cold War and a memorial to him was constructed on Zimmerstrasse in 1990.
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