The western enclave of Steinstuecken in East Germany on Tuesday (21 Dec.) received a rare visit from West Berlin's Mayor.
AERIAL VIEW... Steinstuecken
SV Border between West Berlin and East Germany
SV Military police post
SV Sign "Halt -- Soviet Zone" PAN to barbed wire fence
SV Another border post
SV Children's playground and small girl playing in toy helicopter (2 shots)
SV Helicopter landing at airfield
SV Schuetz and Cobb out of helicopter and welcomed(2 shots)
SV Party on tour and talking to residents
SV Schuetz and Cobb posing for cameramen outside military police station
SV Women residents shaking hands with newsmen and officials
SV Party continue tour at railway site on Soviet Zone border
SV Schuetz and Cobb into helicopter for departure
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Background: The western enclave of Steinstuecken in East Germany on Tuesday (21 Dec.) received a rare visit from West Berlin's Mayor. Mr. Schuetz and the American Commander in Berlin, Major General William Cobb.
Steinstuecken is one mile inside East Germany and is to be joined to West Berlin next year as part of the four-power agreement on Berlin signed in September.
The visit of Mr. Schuetz and Major General Cobb was arranged so that they could pass on to the children of Steinstuecken toys purchased by the American garrison in Berlin.
SYNOPSIS: The western enclave of Steinstuecken -- one mile east of Berlin and totally surrounded by East German territory. The enclave has been effectively cut off from West Berlin since 1961. But next year it's to rejoin the city as part of the four-power agreement signed in September.
Solid-looking frontier posts seal off the enclave from the rest of West Berlin. The residents of Steinstuecken have since 1961 had to obtain special permits from East German authorities in order to travel to West Berlin. But no-one except the residents of the enclave have been permitted to make the trip in the other direction.
The children's playground at Steinstuecken has this year received gifts from the American garrison in West Berlin. The handing over of the gifts prompted a helicopter flight to the enclave on Monday by West Berlin's Mayor. Mr. Schuetz and the American Major-General Cobb. Also visiting the enclave for the first time in many years -- a group of western journalists. Mr. Schuetz and Major-General Cobb took advantage of the visit to meet some of the local residents.
Those who've lived in Steinstuecken regard the impending and of their isolation with mixed feelings. They say they'll welcome the opportunity to entertain friends from West Berlin at their homes. But they fear there'll be strangers too - and the risk of theft from their property.
One hundred and eighty people live in the enclave. Sixty of them are children. Newsmen were told that residents like the place -- despite the years of isolation. Ever-present is the border -- at some points Steinstuecken lies near the Soviet sector of Berlin.
Until the enclave is joined to Berlin next year -- a helicopter service gives residents their only link with the outside world.