Glienicke Bridge is a bridge on the edge of Berlin that spans the Havel River to connect the cities of Potsdam and Berlin. 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. The bridge lies at an isolated point where US-occupied sector of 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. The first prisoner exchange between the superpowers took place on February 10, 1962. The U.S. released Soviet spy Colonel Rudolf Abel in exchange for U.S. spy-plane pilot Francis Gary Powers captured by the USSR following the U-2 Crisis of 1960.
Potsdam (8) - Glienicke bridge (Bridge of Spies)
by Antonio Gil September. 26, 2012 10173 views