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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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