The Berlin Wall
- Constructed in 1961 by German Democratic Republic (East Germany)
- People had been fleeing to the west via Berlin for many years
- West had more freedom, democratic
- East was very repressed, communist
- Brain Drain: all the smart people (lawyers, doctors, etc) would leave from East to West to get jobs because they were stuck with tedious jobs in East Germany (ie. store clerk)
- Kruschchev wants Kennedy to pull out of Berlin and make it a "free city"
- Kennedy increases America's strength
- Kennedy and Kruschev accused of being too soft regarding Berlin; order more tests of nuclear weapons as a result
- John F. Kennedy made a speech in 1963; stating his defence of Berlin
- JFK Stated "Ich bin ein Berliner" (means I am a I am a Berliner)
The Berlin wall was set up in 1961 and separated east Berlin from west Berlin. East Berlin was repressed and communist; while west Berlin was free and democratic. The higher educated people that were stuck in east Berlin began escaping to the west side to get work. Kennedy wanted freedom for the people of Berlin and stated that he was a Berliner, Kruschev wanted him to pull out which led to Kennedy increasing America's strength.