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  Sealing off the border

After completely sealing off the border with West Germany, after May 1952 the East German authorities introduced various measures aimed at asphyxiating West Berlin and stopping the flood of citizens flocking to escape forced collectivization of agriculture, shortages and a police State. East Germany barricaded 200 streets linking East and West Berlin and set up police controls at the 81 access points that remained open. The trains of the East German railway company no longer passed through West Berlin. A prohibited zone was set up along the boundary between West Berlin and East Germany. Telephone calls were cut off and until the wall came down, there were only about twenty telephone lines linking the two sections of the city. Tram and bus traffic between the two Berlins was discontinued, but the underground and the S-Bahn (urban railway) continued to operate.

 

Sealing off the border
Sealing off the border

 

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