Declassified Documents Reveal Struggles of Life and Death in the Shadow of the Berlin Wall

By Stephen Fuchs on Email @StephenWFuchs

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This past Tuesday, the National Archives National Declassification Center (NDC) hosted a symposium in partnership with the Central Intelligence Agency’s (CIA) Historical Review Program to highlight some discoveries in a recent set of declassified documents centered around the Berlin Wall.

The newly released 11,000 pages of documents “reveal East and West Berliners’ struggle for life and death in the shadow of the wall” and provide an in depth look at the “many aspects of their lives, focusing on the resolve of the human spirit for freedom and equality.”

While those who are interested in looking at all 11,000 pages will need to do so in person at the National Archives at College Park, MD, a free online compilation of key documents has been made available.  The “A City Divided, Life & Death in the Shadow of the Wall” collection is also available as an interactive presentation (Flash is required) with documents, videos, photos, and more.

History buffs can be easily lost in the documents for days, but the added interactivity of the online presentation provides some easy to access information for the average person that is interested in this period of history.  I encourage you to check out the presentation and supporting documents to discover life around the Wall.

 

Sources: National Archives

Stephen Fuchs
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