The Tunnel

Air Date: 12/10/1962
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In this 1962 NBC News documentary, a group of West Berlin students dig a secret tunnel under the Berlin Wall into communist East Berlin in order to rescue 59 friends and family members. Produced by Reuven Frank as an NBC News White Paper, "The Tunnel" was originally scheduled to air on October 31, 1962, but NBC postponed the program until December 10 due to the Cuban Missile Crisis. The documentary would go on to win three 1962-1963 Emmy Awards, including "The Program of the Year," the first and only documentary ever to win that honor.