Escape in November 1986

Foto Marker Flucht im November 1986

© Stiftung Berliner Mauer

On the evening of November 19, 1986, Dieter H. was able to flee to the West from Brunnenstraße. The toolmaker had made a small extension ladder that he used to climb over the inner wall. Using a bolt clipper he cut through the signal fence. Although the signal fence and a signal device installed on the inner wall were triggered, the border guards did not notice him until he had almost reached the border wall. 

Foto mit händisch eingezeichnetem Fluchtweg

The escape route of Dieter H., 1986 © Bundesarchiv Militärarchiv

Dieter H. leaned the ladder against it and was able to climb over uninjured although guards on Kremmener Straße fired a total of twelve shots at him. The border guards on the Strelitzer Straße watchtower did not shoot. Dieter H. broke both his heels when he jumped down from the Wall. He was taken away in an ambulance. Before he escaped, Dieter H. had applied to the East German authorities for an exit visa, but his request was rejected. He served a two­year prison sentence for political reasons. After his release he decided to flee to the West.