A lot of East Germans left East Berlin
and went to West Germany, so there was a lot of freedom there.
The unlikely friendship between Donovan and Abel runs through the core of the film, and Spielberg also does a great job in recreating 1960s East Berlin
. It builds towards a nerve-racking climax as the exchange takes place.
Locations include the gloomy Stasi run Russian sector of East Berlin
, the scorching plains of East Siberia and American suburbia.
During his stay in East Berlin
, Armstrong was actually able to cross over into West Berlin without any papers, an unheard-of event.
An RAF Halifax of 77 Squadron similar to the one that crashed in East Berlin
On the way out of East Berlin
, they checked to make sure the same people left who had gone in.
Merkel, a young physicist in Communist East Berlin
when she got her first taste of freedom on Nov.
Starting on November 4, 1989, one million people in East Berlin
gathered to protest.
"In the late '60s, there was just a small handful of Filipinos studying in East Berlin
. They were the sons of Filipino communist leaders," she says, adding most of the Asians who were there then were workers from communist North Vietnam.
The concrete and barbed wire structure, reaching up to 15 feet in some areas, ran for 96 miles, cutting off Communist East Berlin
from West Berlin and the rest of democratic Europe for nearly three decades.
Unfortunately, Berlin, which was also divided -- with West Berlin controlled by the Allies and East Berlin
controlled by the Soviets -- lay within Soviet-controlled East Germany.