"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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