Library

 

The Berlin Wall Collection: A City Torn Apart: Building of the Berlin Wall

Welcome to the new CIA Electronic Reading Room.  Be sure to bookmark this site, and note that our former URL will be decommissioned in the near future.

Erected literally overnight, the building of the Berlin Wall was the culmination of over a decade of escalating confrontations and contentious blockades contrived to encourage the west to abandon Berlin to the Communist Bloc. The wall was East Germany's ultimate attempt to isolate and destroy an island of freedom. Instead of expelling the west, Berlin became ground zero in a contest of tit-for-tat brinksmanship with a serious risk of erupting into nuclear war. War was averted, but the wall dividing Berlin became a corrosive global symbol of bitter oppression that would last for nearly three decades. Listed below are the documents, essays and overviews from the eleven U.S. Government organizations that provide the background and the political ramifications of the Wall's construction.

View the OPA Press Release and Collection Booklet

Purchase the booklet from GPO  [external link disclaimer]

Contributors of documents other than CIA are indicated in the title by the following initials:

  • HST - Harry S. Truman Presidential Library and Museum
  • DDE - Dwight D. Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum
  • ISL - Ike Skelton Library, Joint Forces Staff College
  • JFK - John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum
  • LBJ - Lyndon B. Johnson Presidential Library
  • NARA - National Archives and Records Administration
  • STATE - Department of State, Office of the Historian

 

Table of Contents

Overview

1945-1960

1961-Winter

1961-Spring

1961-Summer

1961-Fall

Bulletins

Essays

NIE-SIE

 

Documents in this Collection

Documents in PDF format require the Adobe Acrobat Reader®

1961-Summer

Document Number: 5076e8f8993247d4d82b6421
AttachmentSize
PDF icon 1961-07-19c.pdf595.74 KB

Document Number: 5076e8f8993247d4d82b6420
AttachmentSize
PDF icon 1961-07-20.pdf183.83 KB

Document Number: 5076e8f8993247d4d82b6400
AttachmentSize
PDF icon 1961-07-21a.pdf92.7 KB

Document Number: 5076e8f8993247d4d82b63d5
AttachmentSize
PDF icon 1961-07-21b.pdf197.97 KB

Document Number: 5076e8f8993247d4d82b63dd
AttachmentSize
PDF icon 1961-07-21c.pdf1.21 MB

Document Number: 5076e8f8993247d4d82b63f3
AttachmentSize
PDF icon 1961-07-22a.pdf335.43 KB

Document Number: 5076e8f8993247d4d82b63c5
AttachmentSize
PDF icon 1961-07-22b.pdf709.6 KB

Document Number: 5076e8f8993247d4d82b6426
AttachmentSize
PDF icon 1961-07-22c.pdf4.17 MB

Document Number: 5076e8f8993247d4d82b63fa
AttachmentSize
PDF icon 1961-07-22d.pdf18.15 MB

Document Number: 5076e8f8993247d4d82b63e4
AttachmentSize
PDF icon 1961-07-22e.pdf11.92 MB

Document Number: 5076e8f8993247d4d82b643c
AttachmentSize
PDF icon 1961-07-25a.pdf817.52 KB

Document Number: 5076e8f8993247d4d82b63e0
AttachmentSize
PDF icon 1961-07-25b.pdf106.67 KB

Document Number: 5076e8f8993247d4d82b641d
AttachmentSize
PDF icon 1961-07-25c.pdf4.25 MB

Document Number: 5076e8f8993247d4d82b63e1
AttachmentSize
PDF icon 1961-07-25d.pdf219.24 KB

Document Number: 5076e8f8993247d4d82b642b
AttachmentSize
PDF icon 1961-07-25e.pdf463.08 KB

Document Number: 5076e8f8993247d4d82b6403
AttachmentSize
PDF icon 1961-07-26.pdf53.54 KB

Document Number: 5076e8f8993247d4d82b63f6
AttachmentSize
PDF icon 1961-07-27.pdf595.97 KB

Document Number: 5076e8f8993247d4d82b63bd
AttachmentSize
PDF icon 1961-08-02a.pdf78.63 KB

Document Number: 5076e8f8993247d4d82b641c
AttachmentSize
PDF icon 1961-08-02b.pdf2.64 MB

Document Number: 5076e8f8993247d4d82b63e9
AttachmentSize
PDF icon 1961-08-03b.pdf3.75 MB

Pages