• Short Summary

    WREATHS WERE LAID AT THE BERLIN WALL TODAY (SATURDAY) IN MEMORY OF PETER FECHTER, THE 18-YEAR-OLD EAST GERMAN YOUTH KILLED EXACTLY A YEAR AGO AS HE TRIED TO ESCAPE TO THE WESTERN SECTOR.

  • Description

    1.
    LV BERLIN WALL.
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    2.
    LV EAST GERMAN POLICE THRU BARBED WIRE.
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    3.
    LV PEOPLE GATHERED AT MEMORIAL.
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    4.
    ANGLE V... MEMORIAL.
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    5.
    CU PHOTOGRAPH OF PETER FECHTER.
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    6.
    LV MAYOR BRANDT AND U.S. GENERAL POLK LAY WREATHS.
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    7.
    SV SPECTATORS.
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    8.
    CU BRANDT.
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    9.
    CU POLK.
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    10.
    CU INSCRIPTION ON WREATH.
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    11.
    LV E. GERMAN GUARD LOOKS THRU BINOCULARS.
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    12.
    SV TO LV... PAN WREATHS PAN UP TO WALL.
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    13.
    LV PEOPLE AT MEMORIAL.
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    Initials JT/S/WS/LW


    EDITORS: PROD NOS. 6059/63 (11 AUG 63) - 'BERLIN WALL SITUATIONER' - AND 6139/63 (13 AUG 63) - 'WALL'S SECOND ANNIVERSARY - WREATHS LAID' ALSO REFER.

    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    Background: WREATHS WERE LAID AT THE BERLIN WALL TODAY (SATURDAY) IN MEMORY OF PETER FECHTER, THE 18-YEAR-OLD EAST GERMAN YOUTH KILLED EXACTLY A YEAR AGO AS HE TRIED TO ESCAPE TO THE WESTERN SECTOR. AMONG THOSE WHO LAID WREATHS WERE HERR WILLY BRANDT, THE WEST BERLIN MAYOR, AND MAJOR-GENERAL JAMES POLK, U.S. COMMANDER IN THE CITY.

    EAST GERMAN VOPOS (GUARDS) STOOD GUARD WHILE ANOTHER PEERED THROUGH A SLIT IN A BRICKED-UP HOUSE FORMING PART OF THE WALL DURING THE CEREMONY. FECHTER WAS LEFT FOR 80 MINUTES TO BLEED TO DEATH BY THE GUARDS, WHO SHOT HIM AS HE TRIED TO SCALE THE TWO METRE (2.2 YARD-) HIGH CONCRETE WALL.

    THE MEMORIAL TO HIM, A WOODEN CROSS WITH HIS PHOTOGRAPH AND BEARING THE INSCRIPTION "WE ACCUSE," WAS ERECTED LAST AUGUST A FEW YARDS FROM WHERE HE DIED. TWO POLICEMEN MOUNTED A GUARD OF HONOUR TODAY AS HUNDREDS OF OTHER WEST BERLINERS LAID BUNCHES OF FLOWERS.

    POLICE CORDONE OFF THE AREA TO PREVENT MASS DEMONSTRATIONS.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVAB6IIBZMWG25M0EC4593UKT2B8
    Media URN:
    VLVAB6IIBZMWG25M0EC4593UKT2B8
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    17/08/1963
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:03:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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