The Berlin Wall

How the BBC reported the fall of the Berlin Wall in November 1989: Brian Hanrahan reports on the announcement that signalled its end, and the joyous scenes that followed

From the end of World War Two until 1989, Berlin was a focus for confrontation between Eastern and Western powers and a sharp reminder of how different life was under communism and democracy.

This collection of television and radio items looks at how one city came to represent the political stand-off between East and West during the Cold War.

It also explores what the consequences of this were for citizens united by family, employment and friendship but divided by a 27-mile-long fortified concrete and mesh barrier.

Post-war tensions

Berlin: Soviet blockade, 1948
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News - Mr Attlee Visits Berlin, 1949
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News Special - Blockade Ends, 1949
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Berlin refugee stories, 1953
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Panorama - Berlin, 1959
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Panorama Goes to Berlin, 1961
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Behind the Wall

The Berlin crisis, 1961
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Ed Murrow on the Berlin situation, 1961
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News - The Berlin boundary is sealed, 1961
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Panorama - Berlin, 1961
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The Kennedy brothers visit Berlin, 1963
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The Chink in the Wall, 1963
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The Queen's State visit to Germany, 1965
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Tuesday Documentary - Beyond the Wall, 1970
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Berliners: East and West, 1988
video

Fall of the Wall

Newsnight - Fall of the Berlin Wall, 1989
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News - Germany is reunited, 1990
video

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