Glienicke Bridge

Memorials of recent German history
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On March 10, 1988, three young men from the GDR escaped by truck for the first time over the Glienicke Bridge. The 7.5-ton truck, disguised as a "dangerous goods transporter" and loaded with 92 empty gas cylinders, broke through four obstacles: the entrance gate, a barrier boom, a tollgate and a steel gate. "I did it out of love," reported one of the refugees who followed his wife to the West.
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  • View of the Glienicke Bridge, picture: TMB-Fotoarchiv/Steffen Lehmann
  • View of the Glienicke Bridge, picture: BStU, MfS, HA IX / Fo / Nr. 1426, Bild 14
The Glienicke Bridge connects Berlin and Potsdam. Its eastern part is in the west and its western part in the east; the border runs along the middle of the bridge. In GDR times it bore the name "Bridge of Unity". From 1961 to the mid-1980s, it was only allowed to be used as a border crossing point by Allied military personnel or with special permission.

The Glienicke Bridge gained worldwide fame through the exchange of agents between the USA and the Soviet Union: On February 10, 1962, the US pilot Francis Gary Powers was exchanged for the Soviet top spy Rudolf Iwanowitsch Abel. Powers had been shot down with a U2 reconnaissance aircraft over the Soviet Union on May 1, 1960; Abel had spyed for the Soviet secret service in New York for nine years when he was imprisoned in 1957. Two further exchanges took place in 1985 and 1986.

On November 10, 1989, one day after the fall of the Berlin Wall, the Glienicke Bridge was reopened and was passable in both directions. Even today, different colours of the bridge bear witness to its divided history, which is also commemorated by a metal plate on the former border line in the middle.

The Villa Schöningen, built between 1843 and 1845 by Ludwig Persius, lies directly on the Glienicke Bridge. As a museum, it now houses a multimedia permanent exhibition on the history of the Glienicke Bridge and the villa, and is also home to art exhibitions.
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On March 10, 1988, three young men from the GDR escaped by truck for the first time over the Glienicke Bridge. The 7.5-ton truck, disguised as a "dangerous goods transporter" and loaded with 92 empty gas cylinders, broke through four obstacles: the entrance gate, a barrier boom, a tollgate and a steel gate. "I did it out of love," reported one of the refugees who followed his wife to the West.
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  • View of the Glienicke Bridge, picture: TMB-Fotoarchiv/Steffen Lehmann
  • View of the Glienicke Bridge, picture: BStU, MfS, HA IX / Fo / Nr. 1426, Bild 14
The Glienicke Bridge connects Berlin and Potsdam. Its eastern part is in the west and its western part in the east; the border runs along the middle of the bridge. In GDR times it bore the name "Bridge of Unity". From 1961 to the mid-1980s, it was only allowed to be used as a border crossing point by Allied military personnel or with special permission.

The Glienicke Bridge gained worldwide fame through the exchange of agents between the USA and the Soviet Union: On February 10, 1962, the US pilot Francis Gary Powers was exchanged for the Soviet top spy Rudolf Iwanowitsch Abel. Powers had been shot down with a U2 reconnaissance aircraft over the Soviet Union on May 1, 1960; Abel had spyed for the Soviet secret service in New York for nine years when he was imprisoned in 1957. Two further exchanges took place in 1985 and 1986.

On November 10, 1989, one day after the fall of the Berlin Wall, the Glienicke Bridge was reopened and was passable in both directions. Even today, different colours of the bridge bear witness to its divided history, which is also commemorated by a metal plate on the former border line in the middle.

The Villa Schöningen, built between 1843 and 1845 by Ludwig Persius, lies directly on the Glienicke Bridge. As a museum, it now houses a multimedia permanent exhibition on the history of the Glienicke Bridge and the villa, and is also home to art exhibitions.
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