Berlin 1961

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In this 1965 Overseas Press Club Luncheon, Hallie Burnett, novelist and publisher, describes her experience in Berlin in August, 1961. On assignment for Reader’s Digest, Burnett was charged with reporting on the conditions of the East German refugees, who were “coming over at that time at about 2,000 a night.” Amidst a quiet week, she describes the night of August 13 when the foundations for the Berlin wall were laid. She describes standing among Berliners at the Brandenburg Gate, who were so shocked they had not yet found their voices to protest.


President Kennedy's report on the Berlin crisis

(excerpt; read the entire transcript here)

A newsreel account of the situation in 1961 Berlin

The WNYC Overseas Press Club Luncheon talk comes to us courtesy of the NYC Municipal Archives.