William Smyser on the Berlin Crisis of 1961

William Smyser, the last person to cross the Potsdamer Platz in a car as the Berlin Wall was being erected, shared his personal… read more

William Smyser, the last person to cross the Potsdamer Platz in a car as the Berlin Wall was being erected, shared his personal recollections of the crisis. Mr. Smyser was assistant to General Lucius Clay, who was in Berlin as President Kennedy’s personal representative. He is the author of Kennedy and the Berlin Wall: A Hell of a Lot Better than a War.

This was the keynote address at a symposium, “From Vienna to Checkpoint Charlie: The Berlin Crisis of 1961,” which was held by the National Archives Declassification Center and the CIA Historical Review Program in the National Archives' McGowan Theater to mark the 50th anniversary of the Berlin crisis of 1961. close

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Location:
Washington, District of Columbia, United States
First Aired:
Jan 21, 2012
Last Aired:
Jun 11, 2012

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  • Jan 21, 2012 | 11:10am EST | C-SPAN 3
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