Cold War

Season 1 Episode 9

The Wall: 1958-1963

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Aired Unknown Nov 21, 1998 on BBC Two
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The Soviet Union solves the problem of people leaving East Germany to the free West by stopping open transit and building a secured ring around West Berlin.
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      • Archival footage:
        -Elvis Presley (singer): U.S. Army swearing-in ceremony.
        -Nikita Khrushchev (Soviet leader): U-2 warning.
        -John Kennedy (president): speech about foreign policy vigor, asking Congress for more defense funds, and his 1963 visit to West Berlin speech..
        -Lyndon Johnson (vice president): Kennedy's message to Berlin.

    • QUOTES (4)

      • Valentin Falin (Khrushchev adviser): The Americans sent a message. It said: 'In order for us to move our tanks without losing face, you should move your tanks back to a certain distance.' Our tanks stood 200 meters from the Americans.

      • Colonel Jim Atwood (U.S. Military Mission, Berlin): The lead Soviet tank cranked up his engine and backed up some 5 or 10 meters and we received instructions to have the American tanks to withdraw exactly the same distance.

      • John F. Kennedy: The source of world trouble and tension is Moscow, not Berlin. And if war begins, it will have begun in Moscow, and not Berlin. For the choice of peace or war is largely theirs, not ours.

      • Nikita Khrushchev: We don't want to threaten you, God forbid. But don't fly over the Soviet Union or the socialist countries. Respect our sovereignty and our borders. If you don't know where our borders are--we'll show you!

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