By Mr Mathews. THE BERLIN WALL. Another Cold War crisis. Background East – West rivalry Berlin divided – contrast the two halves. WEST: Prosperous, helped by US, attracted people from the East. Seen by USSR as infection in the heart of Communist East Germany.
By Mr Mathews
WEST: Prosperous, helped by US, attracted people from the East. Seen by USSR as infection in the heart of Communist East Germany.
EAST: Much less prosperous and under Communist control
Prevent USSR from gaining control of East Germany
To see a united, democratic Germany
Maintain control over E Germany
Make the West recognise it as an independent state
Stop the flood of refugees especially the skilled and professional ones – much needed in E Germany
Khrushchev bluffed that he would hand East Berlin over to the GDR. West refused and Khrushchev backed down.
Did Kennedy really mind the wall?
He had protected West Berlin and he never promised to protect East Berlin?