A U.S. Propaganda Film About the Berlin Wall in 1962

"We have lived in the shadow of the wall for more than a year. It cuts through the heart of Berlin. We have learned to live with it. We refuse to think that it will always be this way."

A fictional, unnamed West Berlin man narrates this short film about the first year of the Berlin wall's existence. Produced by the U.S. government, the film focuses on the people who escaped, or tried to, with dramatic footage of people jumping from windows and running from guards. It is unclear how much footage is staged. 

The Technology channel also has a slideshow featuring multimedia projects about the Berlin Wall from around the web

For more films from the National Archives, visit the Internet Archive

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Cieplak-Mayr von Baldegg joined The Atlantic in 2011 to launch its video channel and, in 2013, create its in-house video production department. She leads the development and production of original documentaries, interviews, and other video content for The Atlantic. Previously, she worked as a producer at Al Gore’s Current TV and as a content strategist and documentary producer in San Francisco. She studied filmmaking and digital media at Harvard University.

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