Der Schwarze Kanal broadcast between 1960 and 1989. It took extracts from West German television and criticised them with a propagandist, Communist commentary. The notorious presenter, Karl-Eduard von Schnitzler was the face of the programme for its entire 29 year run.
Stasiland delves deeper into the subject of Karl-Eduard von Schnitzler and Der Schwarze Kanal on page 121.
This film gives a sense of how punctual, quiet, empty and efficient the Berlin U-Bahn system is.
Filmed in the GDR, this records a journey on a West Berlin train as it bypasses Bernauer Strasse – a Geisterbahnhof (ghost station) – as it travels briefly into East Berlin, before stopping at Voltastrasse, a station back in the west. This map, showing where the Wall once stood, makes it clear why this happened.
Perhaps Uwe Schmidt was cruising around Berlin in his shiny new Golf, listening to Saturday Night's Alright (For Fighting)...
This book review from the New York Times describes Hagen Koch's role in the planning and construction of the Wall, and reveals the twist in the tale... that he was also put in charge of its destruction after 1989, as well as safeguarding memorials of the era. Hagen Koch has published a significant collection of photographs from his extensive Wall Archive in The Berlin Wall: Division of a City, co-authored by Thomas Flemming.
Anna Funder describes her first meeting with Hagen Koch on page 155.