Budget Films

Stock Footage

Berliners Jump To Escape East

Dramatic footage shows Germans leaping to freedom from apartment buildings in the East over The Wall into the West. One mind-blowing shot shows a woman hanging from a second story window of an apartment building. East German police hang onto her arms. A West German man pulls her legs from below. She drops to safety and people cheer. At another building, a man sits on the ledge of an upper floor window. CUs of people gesturing for him to jump. He drops into a safety net held by firemen below. A series of shots show E. German workers at a window facing the border which they seal with bricks and then, WSs of apartment buildings with bricked up walls. Tracking shot follows the completed Wall.

IdentifierCLIP-12068
Duration1 min, 11 sec
GenreDocumentary
Date1961
Keywordsvintage, escaping, tug-o-war, Soldier, Germany, Rescue, danger, west berlin, Communism, dangerous, Communist, woman, risky, German, men, east berlin, german, Firemen, berlin, Berlin wall, crying, berlin wall, city, urban, safety net, emotions, repression, Cold War, City, apartment building, Jump, separate, close, germans, cold war, man, east germany, separation, jump, weeping, West Germany, west germany, escape, soldiers, closing, refugee, emotion, refugees, soldier, human rights, jumping, risk, women, people, Germans, history, Berliners, division, People, divided, Man, rescue, 20th Century, Twentieth Century, cheering, cry, Vintage, sad, emotional, Woman, tug-of-war, twentieth century, communist, cheer, sadness, 20th century, Berlin, weep, communism, East Berlin, East Germany, West Berlin, window, germany, History, oppression, Berlin Wall, border, rescuers, fireman, Men, firemen