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

The Chink in the Wall

A Christmas truce for the people of Cold War Berlin.

CHANNEL | Home Service

FIRST BROADCAST | 31 December 1963

DURATION | 28 minutes 52 seconds

FIRSTBROADCAST

1963

Synopsis

Two years after the construction of the barrier between East and West Berlin, special permission was granted for visits by Westerners to the East for a period of five days over Christmas. In this programme, people - some of whom hadn't seen their loved-ones since the rapid construction of the wall in 1961 - describe what these visits mean to them, what life was like before the wall went up and the arduous process they had to go through to obtain visitors' permits.

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Peter Stewart
Presenter
Producer

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