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The Glienicke bridge is a bridge in Berlin which spans the Havel River to connect the cities of Berlin and Potsdam. The Soviet Union and the United States used it three times to exchange captured spies during the Cold War, so, the Bridge was referred to as the Bridge of Spies by the media.

During the Cold War, Glienicke Bridge was one of the few places in the world where the Soviet Union and the Western powers stood directly opposite each other. Thus, “deals” could be made here without any of their allies having any say in the matter. The bridge lies at an isolated point where US-occupied West-Berlin met Soviet-occupied Potsdam, which was in East Germany.

The United States and the Soviet Union used it four times to exchange captured spies during the Cold War, and the Bridge was referred to as the Bridge of Spies by reporters.

The first prisoner exchange between the superpowers took place on February 10, 1962. The U.S. released noted Soviet spy Colonel Rudolf Abel in exchange for U.S. pilot Francis Gary Powers captured by the USSR following the U-2 Crisis of 1960.

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  • Copyright: Elodie Richard (Tui75) Silver Note Writer [C: 2 W: 0 N: 18] (19)
  • Genre: Luoghi
  • Medium: Colore
  • Date Taken: 1990-02-00
  • Categories: Evento
  • Versione Foto: Versione Originale
  • Date Submitted: 2011-08-19 13:23
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