99% Invisible: Tunnel 57
On this week's episode of 99% Invisible:
In 1945, Berlin was the fallen Nazi capital, carved up into two sectors—with western countries controlling the west of the city, and the Soviet Union controlling the east. West Berlin had a booming postwar economy, but life was tougher in East Berlin. So in the decade that followed, more than 2 million people fled from east to west. And East Germany was losing face with every East Berliner who chose to defect.
And that’s why, in 1961, East Germany closed its border to West Berlin with a wall. This is a story about one design to get through it—or really, underneath it.
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