Berlin wall

Berlin wall

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  • Kennedy invited Khrushev to meet in Vienna in June 1961
  • The Berlin Wall was built in 1961  to block East Germans from escaping to freedom in West Berlin. 
  • Only authorized persons could pass into or out of West Berlin
  • The Berlin wall divided families. They had to shout conversations over the wall
  • People who entered the "death strip" without permission were often shot 
  • President Kennedy visited the city
  • Khrushchev demanded the United States and allies to recognized communist East Germany as an independent 
  • More than 200,000 East Germans escaped communism by slipping past safety in West Berlin
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