• Short Summary

    FROM BERLIN, FILM OF THE ESCAPE TUNNEL THROUGH WHICH 59 EAST GERMANS MADE A MASS FLIGHT TO WEST BERLIN.

  • Description

    1.
    CU SIGN BERNAUERSTRASSE
    0.03

    2.
    GV ACROSS WALL TO EASTERN SECTOR
    0.09

    3.
    SV PAN STEPS LEADING DOWN TO TUNNEL
    0.13

    4.
    STV PAN WINCH, PAN DOWN LADDER TO TUNNEL
    0.22

    5.
    LV THROUGH TUNNEL
    0.29

    6.
    CU PROPS AND BOARDS
    0.31

    7.
    CU ELECTRIC LIGHTS
    0.34

    8.
    LV SECTION OF TUNNEL
    0.37

    9.
    CU TO SV PAN TOOLS PAN TO PLANKS USED FOR DROPS
    0.42

    10.
    SV PAN CLOTHES AND SHOES USED BY DIGGERS
    0.49

    11.
    SCU WHEELBARROW
    0.53

    12.
    SV PAN SECTION OF TUNNEL
    0.57

    13.
    CU PART OF VENTILATION UNIT
    1.01

    14.
    LV TUNNEL
    1.09



    Initials PGR/V/WS/SGM


    EDITORS: BECAUSE OF COPYRIGHT DIFFICULTIES, THIS FILM MUST NOT BE SHOWN UNTIL TELEX PERMISSION HAS BEEN RECEIVED FROM BCINA, LONDON. THIS PERMISSION WILL BE GIVEN QUICKLY AS POSSIBLE.

    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    Background: FROM BERLIN, FILM OF THE ESCAPE TUNNEL THROUGH WHICH 59 EAST GERMANS MADE A MASS FLIGHT TO WEST BERLIN. IT WAS THE BIGGEST GROUP TO BEAT THE BERLIN WALL SINCE IT WAS BUILT OVER A YEAR AGO. THE REFUGEES - MEN, WOMEN AND CHILDREN - GOT OUT BETWEEN LAST FRIDAY AND SUNDAY BEFORE WATER, LEAKING THROUGH A DAMAGED MAIN, FLOODED THE TUNNEL.

    IT TOOK WEST BERLIN STUDENTS SEVERAL WEEKS TO DIG THE TUNNEL. IT BEGAN IN A CELLAR OF A HOUSE ON THE WESTERN SIDE OF THE BERNAUERSTRASSE, THE FRENCH SECTOR BOARDER STREET, AND LED TO A POINT 165 YARDS INSIDE EAST BERLIN.

    FROM A MANHOLE, WOODEN STEPS LEAD DOWN TO THE TUNNEL WHERE THE DAMP ROOD AND WALLS ARE BRACED WITH PROP 3 AND BOARDS. ALONGSIDE IS A WINCH USED FOR DRAGGING SOIL BY MEANS OF A WHEEL BARROW THAT RAN ON RAILS. ELECTRIC LIGHTS ARE STRUNG ALL ALONG ITS LENGTH. NEARBY A PILE OF TOOLS AND WORKCLOTHES USED BY THE DIGGERS, IS A VENTILATION UNIT THAT PUMPED FRESH AIR INTO THE TUNNEL.

    (PREVIOUS BIG ESCAPES TO WEST BERLIN INCLUDE 24 REFUGEES WHO FLED IN A TRAIN LAST DECEMBER, AND 28 WHO USED A TUNNEL IN JANUARY.)

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA1XMUDH0U5YRYIC5F5SCG3SEJU
    Media URN:
    VLVA1XMUDH0U5YRYIC5F5SCG3SEJU
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    20/09/1962
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    MXF
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:03:03:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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