|The Berlin Wall in 1961.|
|Erich Honecker in 1958. He was responsible for the building of the Berlin Wall. He was the East German leader from 1971 to 1989.|
|Members of the GDR workers' battalions defending the Brandenburg Gate on August 13, 1961, the day the GDR sealed the border and began construction of the Berlin wall.|
American propaganda film on the Berlin Wall (1962).
The GDR Council of Ministers decided: “To prevent enemy activity by the Revanchist and militarist forces” of both West Berlin and West Germany, “controls with be established along the border” of the GDR. “Reliable supervision and effective controls are to be established along the West Berlin border to prevent subversive activity.” Until the city of West Berlin is “transformed into a demilitarized and neutral free city” the people of the German Democratic Republic will be able to “cross the border to West Berlin only with a special document.” Below is a video of East German propaganda.