Cold War: The Berlin Wall 1961 Return to the case study menu
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Comprehension
5a According to the report, what are the East Germans building, and where?
5b How are the East Germans explaining to the people of East Berlin what is going on.

Analysis and Interpretation
5c How would you interpret the fact that all the work going on at the wall is defensive:
  • The East Germans genuinely feared an attack from the West and were building defences?
  • The East Germans were building defences to convince their own people that there was a threat?

5d Is this observer a reliable witness? Make your judgement based on:

  • the author
  • his purpose
  • events at the time which might have influenced him
  • the tone of his report
  • other evidence and your own knowledge which supports or contradicts what he says.


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Part of a Foreign Office report describing the strengthening of the Berlin Wall, November 1961

Part of a Foreign Office report describing the strengthening of the Berlin Wall, November 1961