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Sunday Documentary: Spies Beneath Berlin

Spies Beneath Berlin is a documentary about Operation Gold, a joint undertaking by MI6 and the CIA in the 1950s to build a tunnel from West to East Berlin to intercept Soviet intelligence communications. One of the most valuable and daring operations ever undertaken. – Allen Dulles, Director of the CIA 1953-1961 In 1951 the already […]

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Sunday Documentary: Megastructures – Berlin Train Terminal

Berlin Train Terminal from the National Geographic Megastructures series is a documentary about the construction of the Berlin Hauptbahnhof train station. In the words of National Geographic: In Berlin, a construction team races to finish Europe’s newest and largest train station before the football World Cup.  Follow the team as it attempts an engineering feat […]

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Doping for Gold – Drugs and East German sport

State Plan 14.25, the official name for the East German program for improving athletic success through the use of performance-enhancing drugs, is the subject of the documentary Doping For Gold. In the 1970s and 1980s East German athletes were prolific medal winners but their achievements were overshadowed by rumours of widespread steroid abuse. Documents from […]

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Sunday Documentary – Test for the West: Berlin

Test for the West: Berlin is a Silver Bear-winning documentary by Franz Baake that deals with the history of Berlin from the 1920s to 1962, focusing on the post-war events that lead to the Cold War. The usual milestones are discussed: the division of Berlin; the Berlin Blockade; the 1953 workers’ uprising and the construction […]

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Sunday Documentary: Spirit of Berlin – July 1945

Released last month by Chronos Media GmbH to coincide with events to mark the 70th anniversary of the end of the Battle of Berlin, Spirit of Berlin is a collection of colour HD footage of Berlin in July 1945. There is something about the use of  colour images that makes the utter devastation caused by a […]

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Virtual Reconstruction of Ripped Stasi Files

Sunday Documentary: ‪Virtual Reconstruction of Ripped Stasi Files

Virtual Reconstruction of Ripped Stasi Files‬ is a documentary from Fraunhofer IPK, the company commissioned by the BStU (Bundesbeauftragten für die Unterlagen des Staatssicherheitsdienstes der ehemaligen Deutschen Demokratischen Republik or Federal Commissioner for the Records of the State Security Service of the former German Democratic Republic) to develop the “e-Puzzler”, a tool for the virtual […]

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