"Elsenstr. 13.8.61. Im Vordergrund ein Agitator "
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Picture 15: Elsenstraße, 13th August 1961. This street was split between two districts: part of it is situated in Treptower Park (East) and the other one is in Neukölln (West). The man in front of the fence is an East German propagandist. Despite standing on the „West“ side of the fence, he is still on East Berlin territory, as the outer barriers were always put up about a metre within Eastern territory. East German party officials were deployed by the party leadership as propagandists to distribute leaflets announcing the ministerial decision, as well as to divert enquiring passers-by so that the border guards could work undisturbed.
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