Frederick Taylor

The Berlin Wall

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Founded in September 1946, after the Soviets refused to relinquish unilateral control of ‘Radio-Berlin’, RIAS was controlled by the United States Information Agency.
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American slang, films and music became wildly popular.
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British and American pilots became celebrities.
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Just after midnight on 24 June 1948, the Berlin Blockade had begun.
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The British and Americans had already created ‘Bizonia’, a free-trade area in their two zones.
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Marshall, announced a comprehensive system of recovery aid for Europe.
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In June 1947, after a harsh winter brought Europe to its knees, President Truman’s new Secretary of State, General George C.
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History would call it the ‘Marshall Plan’.
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Its official title was the European Recovery Plan (ERP).
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The Russians…began to ‘take out’ political and human-rights activists who opposed them. It was all over in seconds. A car screeched to a sudden halt, hefty men jumped out, grabbed their victim, bundled him into their vehicle and, before those who witnessed it could even begin to comprehend what had happened, they were racing off in the direction of the Soviet sector.30
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The Communists hated no one more than an apostate.
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Deaths through disease, malnutrition and maltreatment accounted for at least a third of those imprisoned, as they did in the Soviet Gulag system.
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Whether these were death camps like those run by the Nazis remains a matter of controversy.
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With grim humour, these were known as the ‘golden hunger years’.27
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Allied soldiers or officials had access to drink, food, nylons, and especially cigarettes (which became Berlin’s unofficial currency).
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Here is retribution on a large scale, but practised not on the Parteibonzen [Nazi Party bosses] but on women and children, the poor and infirm.24
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In viewing the distress and despair of these wretched people…the mind reverts instantly to Dachau and Buchenwald.
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At the Lehrter Rail Station in Berlin alone, our medical authorities state an average of ten have been dying daily from exhaustion, malnutrition and illness.
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On 19 May 1945, the Czechoslovak government announced that their three million German-speaking compatriots, the so-called ‘Sudeten Germans’, would be forced to leave. Women were raped, families robbed by thugs who roamed the roads and preyed upon refugee trains.
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In May 1945, the population of Berlin was half what it had been a few months earlier. Much of the population had fled west to escape the Russians, and many who stayed died in the fighting for the capital.
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