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Friday, August 15, 2014

The 'Wall Jumper'

On this day in 1961, an East German border guard decided to leap to the West over the barbed wire that had been put up across Berlin two days earlier--the precursor to the Wall, which would be erected in the days ahead.   His name was Conrad Schumann and a photo of him in mid-leap would prove to be iconic, to this day.  I recently visited the spot where it happened.  There's also a statue of him making the leap on display.  Schumann, unfortunately, later suffered from depression--and would hang himself from a tree.

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