Busting the Berlin Wall
For 28 years, the Berlin Wall split a city in two and divided a nation with two million tons of concrete, 700,000 tons of steel, attack dogs, tank traps, death strips and tripwires. While its dangers kept most GDR citizens at bay, others were spurred on to overcome it, by digging under it, hiding in car trunks, flying over it in a hot-air balloon, and even surfing around it... This doc examines the most daring escapes, and interviews former border guards, politicians, spies and escapees.
S01:E01 - Rise
13th August 1961: The first barb-wire and breeze-block barrier is built by East German communists to save their socialist state from collapse, to stop thousands of their citizens voting with their feet across the open border in Berlin - from East to West.
S01:E02 - Fall
By the 1970s not even a tank can get through the Wall; and the Stasi secret police have long infiltrated the tunnel-building teams. For the eastern regime, the Wall has worked. East Germans start getting washing machines, TVs, even some cars.
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