The Border

An Inter-German Conflict Zone

The DVD helps students, who have no first-hand recollection of the partition of Germany, to approach this problem. The film illustrates the historical development of the inner- German border from 1945 to 1989. The example of Point Alpha also sheds some light on the Cold War – not without reason, the camp has been considered the „hottest spot of the Cold War“. Photos of the German Border Police, pictures from the exhibitions at the memorial Point Alpha near Fulda and the „house at the border“ create a vivid impression of the partition of Germany. Ninth-form students interviewed contemporary witnesses for the film: one of the American commanders at Camp Point Alpha (Steven Steininger), the former mayor of Fulda (Dr. Wolfgang Hamberger) and two border guards of the West German Border Police, Erwin Ritter and Gerd Leinert. Bertold Dücker describes his escape across the border. After the almost complete dismantling of the border installations, only few remains of the former border can still be seen today. The film provides background material and points out Running Time: 22:29 ms how important it is to visit the memorial.

  • Article no.: 4658320
  • Targetgroups: Sek I,Sek II
  • Length: 22:29 min
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