Audio of American journalist Daniel Schorr’s report from Berlin on August 13, 1961; the day on which the East Germany government began construction of the Berlin Wall.
This morning East Berlin presents an eerie picture:
Communist troops in force on every street corner. Soldiers of the Communist National Army drawn up along the sector boundary with columns of armored cars, and behind them, by the tens of thousands, the worker’s militia in their sloppy brown uniforms and visored caps bearing an uncanny resemblance to the stormtroopers of Adolf Hitler…
…East Berlin is an armed camp. It is also a witch’s cauldron, gradually coming to a boil.