From the end of World War II in 1945, the question of Berlin’s status 90 miles within the Deutsche Demokratische Republik (East Germany) and the Soviet Union’s zone of occupation, along with the status of Germany among the community of nations, remained a source of tension between the East and West.
The first of a three-part project, this collection covers the period of 1945 to the end of 1961, during the Kennedy administration. The wealth of documents, videos, and photographs show Berlin’s journey from a battered post war region occupied by the Allies to a city literally divided - with its western half becoming an island of freedom surrounded by a sea of Communist repression.
The Historical Collections and Information Review and Release Divisions of the Central Intelligence Agency’s Office of Information Management Services reviewed, redacted, and released hundreds of documents related to the Berlin Wall. The accompanying DVD contains over 370+ documents and more than 4,800+ pages of material.
Keywords: Foreign intelligence, USSR, Rusia, primary source research documents, President John F. Kennedy, World History, International Relations
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- 2011: Book (14 p.; ill).
- The accompanying DVD contains over 370+ documents and more than 4,800+ pages of material.
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- City Torn Apart: Building of the Berlin WallBuilding of the Berlin WallBerlin WallGermany
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