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Nine Escape East Berlin, Family Left Behind

Nov. 5, 1961 - Thirty East Germans attempted to break through the barbed wire to reach West Berlin today. The fire of an East German border guard disrupted the mass flight and only nine managed to reach the West. The successful group was composed of five men and four children. The relatives of the nine, including the mothers of the children, were not able to get across the border barrier. The flight took place about 4 p.m. as darkness fell. The escape was said to have been planned originally by two families, but five other families joined the group at the last minute.


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