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

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"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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Kasia Cieplak-Mayr von Baldegg is the executive producer for video at The AtlanticMore

Cieplak-Mayr von Baldegg's work in media spans documentary television, advertising, and print. As a producer in the Viewer Created Content division of Al Gore's Current TV, she acquired and produced short documentaries by independent filmmakers around the world. Post-Current, she worked as a producer and strategist at Urgent Content, developing consumer-created and branded nonfiction campaigns for clients including Cisco, Ford, and GOOD Magazine. She studied filmmaking and digital media at Harvard University, where she was co-creator and editor in chief of H BOMB Magazine.

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