Wall and Chain
A true story about belonging by Airbnb
In May 2012 an Airbnb traveler brought her father — a former West German border guard — back home to visit a united Berlin for the first time. When they arrived, they were greeted by someone with a remarkable story — a man who served as a border guard in East Germany, just across the Wall from her father over twenty years ago. With the wall between them removed, the two men shared a unique bond, creating the trip of a lifetime
Jörg left West Berlin before the fall of the wall over 25 years ago, only to return when his daughter Cathrine became determined to show her father the united place it had become.
As a young man in the East German army, Kai was under orders to avoid all contact with guards on the other side of the wall— Now, years later he welcomed a former guard from the West in as a friend.
Behind the Story
As a celebration of German unity, Airbnb brought the true story of guards from opposite sides of the Berlin Wall to life in the animated short Wall And Chain. The film is a testament to the power of hospitality and resilience of the human spirit.