The actual crossing point of the infamous "Checkpoint Charley"

As all can see, I was being photographed for the East Berlin Communist records.

I suppose I was already infamous by then. Probably what saved me a lot of trouble was that Bertolt Brecht's widow, the great actress Helene Weigel, who was the director of the Brecht Theater in the East, decided she wanted me to photograph all of the current Brecht productions at that theater, as well as rehearsals, etc. That gave me an official letter that I was on official business and I became familiar in a positive way to the guards/authorities, since I had to cross the border a lot to do that work.

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