Tensions ran high at Checkpoint Charlie in 1961 as Easterners fled to West, Berlin Wall went up
Photo Credit: U.S. ARMY PHOTO
A U.S. tank crew stands guard at Checkpoint Charlie in West Berlin in 1961 during one of several standoffs between U.S. personnel and East German police that year. The sign in the upper right of the photo bears the famous remark made by Walter Ulbricht, General Secretary of the Socialist Unity Party of Germany on June 15, 1961: "Niemand hat die Absicht, eine Mauer zu errichten" -- "Nobody has any intention of building a wall. Two months later construction on the Berlin Wall began.
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