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All the Ways People Escaped Across the Berlin Wall

November 8, 2019 in History

By Erin Blakemore

Desperation drove ingenuity among East Germans determined to reach West Berlin.

Ida Siekmann had been holed up for days. Nine days earlier, workers had sealed the border to her country by dead of night. Three days earlier, the front entrance to her apartment had been blocked off by police.

She had committed no crime, but Siekmann was in the wrong place at the wrong time: August 1961. Her apartment building was located in what had become East Berlin, while the street, including the sidewalk in front of her building entrance was now part of West Berlin.

Siekmann wanted out, so she …read more


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