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Virtual Earth map of Conrad Schumann leaping over barbed wire into West Berlin on 15 August 1961

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On 15 August 1961 Conrad Schumann found himself, aged 19, guarding the Berlin Wall, then in its third day of construction, at the corner of Ruppiner Straße and Bernauer Straße. At that stage of construction, the Berlin Wall was only a low barbed wire fence. As the people on the Western side shouted Komm rüber! ("come over"), Schumann jumped the barbed wire and was driven away at high speeds by a waiting West Berlin police car. Photographer Peter Leibing captured a photograph of his escape on film and it became a well-known image of the Cold War.

Turn on Google Timeslider to 1953 and see the spot. Today nothing is left of the site.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Conrad_Schumann



 

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