A picture of Bernt Leuton, a resident of East Berlin East Germany, who fled to West Berlin West Germany. Border guards at the Communist side of Berlin in East Germany. View of Leuton on August 13, 1961 after being shot by an East German guard, after successfully swimming across the connecting canal. He is hauled out by West German guards. A map of the world. Narrator begins to trace history of Bernt Leuton's shooting by recounting prior events in history of Russia and Soviet Union. View of the Winter Palace of Czar Nicholas II, with the Czar and Czarina Alexandra standing on a balcony. Saint Petersburg, Russia on January 22nd , 1905 : Peasants and workers, with their leader Russian Orthodox Priest, Father Georgi Gapon, gathered outside the palace to deliver a petition to Czar Nicholas II. A number of the people carry banners. A picture of Czar Nicholas II. Reenactment of Czar's armed cossack cavalry dispersing the crowd, The words 'My autocracy will remain unchanged' issued by the Czar to which Father Gapon replies that they "no longer have a Czar." Picture of Father George Gapon. Picture of Vladimir Ilyich Lenin, and moving images of Lenin speaking. The Czar Nicholas II and his wife, escorted by guards, moving on a path during a ceremony. The Czar mounting a horse and the guards saluting him. A picture of the Czar's wife and hemophiliac son. Picture of Russian mystic Grigori Rasputin, whose occult powers were believed to have kept the Czar's son alive.
Film 'The Road to the Wall' depicts the rise of communism in Russia, Eastern Europe, China and Cuba. Refugees walk on the road and uphill with baggage in hand. Communist troops march. Refugees walk bare foot. Man carrying a child on his back. Huge gathering of people at the Kremlin wall (near future site of Lenin's tomb). Vladimir Ilyich Lenin haranguing a crowd during the Russian Revolution. Refugee women and children being checked by soldiers as they attempt to board a train. Closeup of a baby. Bodies of fallen refugees. Fidel Castro, in 1959, with Che Guevara, and other revolutionaries, in Cuba. A person being executed by a Che Guevara revolutionary firing squad. Huge parade in Communist China in 1960. View of Chinese workers manually pulling what appears to be, a heavy gun carriage. Parade of communists in East Germany in 1961. The Berlin wall, and East German policeman on horseback riding to intercept persons attempting to cross. A few East German people makingtheir escape from East Berlin to West Berlin by running through a gap in barbed wire at the Berlin Wall border, and being escorted by West Berliners afterward. Armed East German guards at border marked with barbed wire and other obstacles.
A space test with animals in Russia. A missile with dogs and mice is launched in the space. A fire trail. A capsule is released. Men recover the capsule from the ground. The passengers are recovered alive.
Russian pilots undertake a training at a military academy in Russia. An officer takes a session of the Russian pilots. They receive training in pressure chambers. The pilots climb into jet planes. The planes taxi and take off. The pilots at the controls of the planes in flight. Soviet planes bank and fly in formation
Crowd at airfield greeting Major Yuri Gagarin for his flight to space in Russia. Premier Nikita S Khrushchev is at hand. Children present flowers to Major Gagarin. Premier Khrushchev and Major Gagarin inspects formation of troops. Crowd surrounds Major Gagarin. Premier Khrushchev and Major Gagarin leave by car and drive through streets.
Pictures of Lenin. Premier Nikita Khrushchev and Major Yuri Gagarin on a building as the Major boards a plane in Russia. Large crowd gathered. Plane taxis to a stop. Major Gagarin comes down the ramp and walks to review stand where he salutes Khrushchev. Premier hugs Major Gagarin.