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Wanfried Agreement

Brigadier General Sexton, representative of the American High Command, Commander General of the Third Infantry Division and representative of the Soviet High Command, Major General Askalepov, Major General of the 77th Division of the Infantry Guard, are authorized by their respective governments to change the existing demarcation line between the WITSENHAUSEN districts, HEILIGENSHTADT, and after meeting in the city of Wanfried, Saxony, Germany on September 17, 1945, signed the following agreement: Brigadier General William T. Sexton, U.S. Army, signed the Wanfried Agreement for the United States, while Red Army Major General Vasily S. Askalepov signed for the Soviet Union. On September 17, 1945, an agreement between the U.S. and Soviet authorities was signed in the town of Wanfried, which moved the border to solve the problem. After the agreement was reached, the officers involved exchanged bottles of whisky and vodka and, from there, the railway line was known in German as the whisky-vodka line. El Acuerdo de Wanfried (alemén: Wanfrieder Convention) will refera a una transferencia de territorio between the shingles of ocupacién estadounidense y soviética des pués of the Segunda Guerra Mundial in Hesse , Alemania , that tuvo lugar después de la determinacién de la main frontera interior alemana a fin de julio from 1945. The 3.20 m high metal mesh fence, a prince with forensic stripes for vehicles, gives an idea of a border directed against his own people. The exhibition buildings were built over the years around the BT-9 lookout, still visited today. In the exhibition buildings, we show the Wanfried agreement, the construction and extension of the border and the attempted escape of Heinz-Josef Groe. One of the hottest places during the Cold War! From 1972 to the end of communism in 1989, “Point Alpha” was one of the main observation points of American forces in Europe.

The camp was located in the centre of NATO`s Fulda Gap line of defence, where, in the event of war, there were fears of an invasion by Warsaw Pact troops. It is an impressive and important monument in German history. 2. The withdrawal of troops from the new demarcation line will be completed by 19 September 1945 1800 hours of American time. moved from the Heiligenstadt district (Russian professional zone) to the Witzenhausen district (US professional zone). The villages of Hesse Asbach-Sickenberg, Vatterode and Weidenbach/Hennigerode (Kreis Witzenhausen), with 429 inhabitants and 7.61 square kilometres of land, fell on Soviet territory. The villages Eichsfelder Neuseesen and Werleshausen, with 560 inhabitants and 8.45 square kilometers, have been relocated to the United States. . Ten years after the opening, the permanent exhibition has been updated on the latest educational and scientific knowledge, greatly expanded and more space.

It contains contemporary information on the effects of the Cold War in the Geisa region and also includes the GDR border facilities and authentic testimonies of life in the regulated area, in the context of the reality of the Warsaw Pact. The lively strategic plans of the Warsaw Pact and NATO show that the region was truly one of the “hottest places” during the Cold War. The emphasis is on a lively presentation and is mainly aimed at addressing young visitors. Descriptions of daily situations at a time when Germany was divided allow a direct comparison with the current situation. The new exhibition will in the future be a living archive of regional history and will begin with more than 20 interviews with witnesses specially created for this exhibition.