Peter Fechter, one of the first people to be killed at the Berlin
Date this page was last edited:
Saturday, 04 April, 2015
Monument in Berlin (Photo by Ron Bardal, 2004)
It happened on 17 August 1962.
Peter's family came from a little town in Germany named Haigerloch,
which lies in the
Swabian Alp region.
"After 1961-08-23, citizens of West Berlin
were no longer allowed to enter East Berlin. On 1961-09-20, the forced
evacuation of houses situated immediately at the border to West Berlin began.
On 1962-08-17, Peter Fechter, an eighteen years old citizen of East Berlin,
bled to death after he was shot down by East Berlin border patrol in an
attempt to escape over the wall." More detail at http://userpage.chemie.fu-berlin.de/BIW/wall.html
And a photograph of the awful scene is
available at http://www.coastlinevideo.com/Documentaries/wall.html
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