British correspondent with BBC German Service in Germany, 1950-1953; producer with BBC Panorama programme in Hungary, 10/1956; correspondent with BBC in West Berlin, 1962-1965
REEL 1 Recollections of period as correspondent with BBC German Service in Germany, 1950-1953: atmosphere in East Germany, 1953; hearing of unrest in East Berlin, 6/1953; description of clashes between East German workers and East German People’s Police and Soviet tanks, 17/6/1953; belief that unrest in East Berlin was spontaneous; effect of radio broadcasts about events; contrast between East and West Berlin; number of East German refugees crossing to west; lack of restrictions on movement between East and West Berlin; effects of the refugee crisis; hearing of risings in other East German cities; attitude of Allied military governments to unrest; causes of the uprising in 1953. Recollections of period as correspondent with BBC Panorama programme in Hungary, 1956: background to getting into Hungary; attitude of Hungarians to disappearance of Russians; attitude of local insurgent towards Anglo-French Suez landings; interviewing witnesses of ARVO shootings in Megarova.
REEL 2 Continues: decision to return to GB; question of Hungarians towards Russians leaving; attitude of local insurgent towards Anglo-French Suez landings. Aspects of period as correspondent for BBC in West Berlin, 1962-1965: description of incident in which Pieter Fechter was shot near Checkpoint Charlie on Berlin Wall; attending Pieter Fechter’s funeral; reaction to shooting of Pieter Fechter and Allied policy; memories of President John F Kennedy’s visit to West Berlin, 6/1953.