Martin Luther King Jr. went to East Berlin without a passport.
(CNN) - Martin Luther King Jr. used his American Express card instead of a passport to get past the Berlin Wall. Now, 25 years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, this little known fact and thousands of previously classified documents have been released...
That infamous checkpoint, also known as Checkpoint C, was the one Martin Luther King, Jr. managed to cross without a passport. Diplomatic cables reveal how on September 13, 1964, after speaking to large crowds in West Berlin, he used his American Express card to get past guards in order to enter East Berlin. He conducted a church service there honoring President John F. Kennedy, who had visited Berlin two years earlier. Two thousand people overflowed St. Mary's Church, where he said "There is no East, no West, no North, no South, but one great fellowship of love throughout the whole, wide world."
Martin Luther King besuchte Ost-Berlin ohne einen Reisepass. Stattdessen benutzte er seine American Express Card um die Berliner Mauer zu passieren. Jetzt, 25 Jahre nach dem Fall der Berliner Mauer, wurde diese bekannte Tatsache sowie Tausende früher eingestufte Dokumente freigegeben.