The first telephone link between East and West Berlin for 19 years was opened today (Sunday).....
CU Clock at 05.58 hours.
GV Telephone operators at switch-boards.
SV Operators answering calls (2 shots)
SV PAN Operator and switchboard.
GV Pan Newsmen.
SV and GV Operator.
SCU Pan Operators.
STV Pan Operators.
Initials RJ/DW/CO/21.25 RJ/DW/CO/21.37
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Background: The first telephone link between East and West Berlin for 19 years was opened today (Sunday).....but the first call across the divided city brought no reply.
The ten telephone lines linking the two Berlins were choked with calls at the stroke of six o'clock in the morning when they came into operation. They were the first telephone contacts across the border since May, 1952, when East Germany cut the entire system of almost 4,000 lines charging the American CIA and another anti-communist organisations had misused them.
The first call, from West to last, was an anti-climax.....nobody picked up the phone at the other and.
But two and a half hours and about 200 calls later, the west Berlin exchange announced it was accepting no more bookings (or the rest of the day. It had already accepted its maximum of 750 calls. The East German figure was not available.