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CLIP 10393

Berlin - is war the answer? (audio)

Berlin - is war the answer? (audio)

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Key Info
  • Berlin - is war the answer? (audio)
  • Duration: 03:27
  • In 1948, BBC reporter Patrick Smith looks at the destruction of Berlin and how citizens of the city are leading a normal life while surrounded by devastation. He comments on the attitudes of citizens, who appear optimistic despite the conditions. It is the younger generation who feel as though war would solve the tension between East and West. First broadcast in September 1948 and published as part of BBC Archive Collections: Please note this clip is only available in Flash.
  • Subject:



    Germany from 1946

  • Keywords: war, tension, Berlin reconstruction, demonstrations, western zones, ruins, destruction, burnt out, broken
Ideas for use in class
  • Students can role play (a journalist and a Berlin citizen, for example) and ask questions regarding life in the city. Ask them to write a report about if war will solve the tension. Can also be cross curricular with ICT to write a report. For more information, please see:
Background details
  • Clip language : English
  • Aspect ratio : 16x9

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