Border, Contemporary Witnesses, East

The duck's bill

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The building of the Wall in 1961 created a number of exclaves -small plots of land belonging to West Berlin but surrounded by GDR territory. In East Berlin there were also areas which jutted out of GDR territory into West Berlin, such as the cul-de-sac Am Sandkrug in Glienicke/Nordbahn, dubbed the "duck's bill". The situation was particularly inconvenient for the street's residents, who had to carry a permit with them at all times and show it to GDR border guards before entering the enclave. The Wall ran right behind the Schulz's house. The couple still have a reminder of days gone by: their neighbours from the West used original pieces of the Wall to secure the boundaries of their property.

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.


  • Glienicke/Nordbahn, "Entenschnabel" Straße am Sandkrug