Lead: At the height of the Cold War, with tensions at a fever pitch, the Soviet Union and its East German client state, in an act of self-preservation, built a wall around West Berlin.

Intro.: A Moment in Time with Dan Roberts.

Content: The Cold War lasted from 1946 until the collapse of the Soviet Union in the early 1990s. For much of that time, the city of West Berlin was the cockpit of low-grade super power rivalry. In the summer of 1961, events in Berlin threatened to spark a much wider conflict.

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