Glienicke Bridge Children's Home
Helga Kempa ran the children's home in Villa Schöningen by Glienicke Bridge for 30 years. Before the Wall went up her staff could still swim across to the western banks of the Havel River. On 13 August 1961 she stood at the garret window watching the tanks roll in and people being stopped by the barricades on the cynically named "Bridge of Unity", desperately waving to their relatives and friends on the other side. The home was located in the restricted zone, surrounded by barbed wire and lit up by floodlights at night.
The border in Berlin ran for a total of 155 kilometres; the section stretching around the outer edge of West Berlin (separating the city from Brandenburg in East Germany) measured 112 kilometres. This film looks at how people living in Brandenburg experienced the Wall going up and what it was like to live in its shadow.
Potsdam, Glienicker Brücke, Villa Schöningen