The Berlin Wall | A city divided between East and West by the Cold War

Radio Newsreel | The Kennedy Brothers Visit Berlin

Edward Kennedy slips quietly into East Berlin.

CHANNEL | The Light Programme

FIRST BROADCAST | 26 June 1963

DURATION | 3 minutes 24 seconds

FIRSTBROADCAST

1963

Synopsis

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.

Did you know?

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.

Contributors

Ivor Jones
Reporter
Robert Kennedy
Subject of programme
Edward Kennedy
Subject of programme

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