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CLIP 10395

Building the Berlin Wall

Building the Berlin Wall

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Key Info
  • Building the Berlin Wall
  • Duration: 01:55
  • BBC reporter Peter Woods reports on the construction of the Berlin wall. The footage shows soldiers guarding the structure and workers building the wall. It also illustrates families being separated by a woman standing waving to a family member on the opposite side of the wall. Peter states that by the end of the day no one would be allowed to pass to west Berlin, and all links to freedom will be sealed. First broadcast on 16 August 1961 and published as part of BBC Archive Collections: Please note this clip is only available in Flash.
  • Subject:



    Germany from 1946

  • Keywords: Iron Curtain, east Berlin, west Berlin, Russian tanks, barricades, cement wall, checkpoint, underground
Ideas for use in class
  • How would you communicate to friends and family who live on the other side of the wall? What would you want to say to them? For more information, please see:
Background details
  • Clip language : English
  • Aspect ratio : 16x9

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