Twenty four years ago on November 9th the Berlin Wall fell, dramatically marking the end of the Cold War. The rise of the Berlin Wall in August 1961 fractured the city and divided its citizens. The gravity of this moment was caught in the newsreel footage, Berlin Drama. The gripping footage shows the wall rising, East German troops using tear gas, and dramatic escapes from East Berlin apartments bordering the wall.
The Cold War is now long over, but this newsreel shows, albeit in melodramatic fashion, the desire of East Germans to escape the police state imposed on them by their dictatorial government.