BIOGRAPHICAL PORTRAITS

On the following pages you will find biographical portraits of the 139 people who died at the Berlin Wall. They are the results of the research project "Fatalities at the Berlin Wall, 1961 - 1989." To reconstruct the circumstances of each death, archival records, in particular from the border troops and the Ministry for State Security, were evaluated along with the investigation findings from the Border Guard Trials that took place in the 1990s. Since information derived from official documents is limited in scope, contact was made to family members and friends to learn more about how the people lived and what motivated them to flee. This made it possible to include personal memories and family recollections in many of the biographical essays.

Fatalities in 1961
Ida Siekmann - Günter Litfin - Roland Hoff - Rudolf Urban - Olga Segler - Bernd
Lünser - Udo Düllick - Werner Probst - Lothar Lehmann - Dieter Wohlfahrt - Ingo Krüger - Georg Feldhahn

Fatalities in 1962
Dorit Schmiel - Heinz Jercha - Philipp Held - Klaus Brueske - Peter Böhme - Horst Frank - Lutz Haberlandt - Axel Hannemann - Erna Kelm - Wolfgang Glöde - Siegfried Noffke - Peter Fechter - Hans-Dieter Wesa - Ernst Mundt - Anton Walzer - Horst Plischke - Otfried Reck - Günter Wiedenhöft

Fatalities in 1963
Hans Räwel - Horst Kutscher - Peter Kreitlow - Wolf-Olaf Muszynski - Peter Mädler - Klaus Schröter - Dietmar Schulz - Dieter Berger - Paul Schultz

Fatalities in 1964
Walter Hayn - Adolf Philipp - Walter Heike - Norbert Wolscht - Rainer Gneiser - Hildegard Trabant - Wernhard Mispelhorn - Hans-Joachim Wolf - Joachim Mehr

Fatalities in 1965
Unbekannter Flüchtling - Christian Buttkus - Ulrich Krzemien - Peter Hauptmann - Hermann Döbler - Klaus Kratzel - Klaus Garten - Walter Kittel - Heinz Cyrus - Heinz Sokolowski - Erich Kühn - Heinz Schöneberger

Fatalities in 1966
Dieter Brandes - Willi Block - Jörg Hartmann - Lothar Schleusener - Willi Marzahn - Eberhard Schulz - Michael Kollender - Paul Stretz - Eduard Wroblewski - Heinz
Schmidt - Andreas Senk - Karl-Heinz Kube

Fatalities in 1967
Max Sahmland - Franciszek Piesik

Fatalities in 1968
Elke Weckeiser - Dieter Weckeiser - Herbert Mende - Bernd Lehmann - Siegfried
Krug - Horst Körner

Fatalities in 1969
Johannes Lange - Klaus-Jürgen Kluge - Leo Lis

Fatalities in 1970
Christel Wehage - Eckhard Wehage - Heinz Müller - Willi Born - Friedhelm Ehrlich - Gerald Thiem - Helmut Kliem - Hans Joachim Zock - Christian Peter Friese

Fatalities in 1971
Rolf-Dieter Kabelitz - Wolfgang Hoffmann - Werner Kühl - Dieter Beilig

Fatalities in 1972
Horst Kullack - Manfred Weylandt - Klaus Schulze - Cengaver Katranci

Fatalities in 1973
Holger H. - Volker Frommann - Horst Einsiedel - Manfred Gertzki - Siegfried Kroboth

Fatalities in 1974
Burkhard Niering - Czeslaw Jan Kukuczka - Johannes Sprenger - Giuseppe Savoca

Fatalities in 1975
Herbert Halli - Cetin Mert - Herbert Kiebler - Lothar Hennig

Fatalities in 1977
Dietmar Schwietzer - Henri Weise

Fatalities in 1980
Marienetta Jirkowski

Fatalities in 1981
Peter Grohganz - Dr. Johannes Muschol - Hans-Jürgen Starrost -
Thomas Taubmann

Fatalities in 1982
Lothar Fritz Freie

Fatalities in 1983
Silvio Proksch

Fatalities in 1984
Michael Schmidt

Fatalities in 1986
Rainer Liebeke - RenÚ Groß - Manfred Mäder - Michael Bittner

Fatalities in 1987
Lutz Schmidt

Fatalities in 1989
Ingolf Diederichs - Chris Gueffroy - Winfried Freudenberg

East German border soldiers killed while on duty
Jörgen Schmidtchen - Peter Göring - Reinhold Huhn - Günter Seling - Siegfried
Widera - Egon schultz - Rolf Henniger - Ulrich Steinhauer