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FATALITIES AT THE BERLIN WALL, 1961-1989

At least 138 people were killed or died at the Wall in connection with the East German border regime between 1961 and 1989.

  • 100 East German fugitives, who were killed, died by accident, or committed suicide while trying to flee through the border fortifications.
  • 30 people from the East and the West, who had not intended to flee, were shot or died in an accident.
  • Eight East German border soldiers, who were killed by deserters, comrades, a fugitive, an escape helper or a West Berlin policeman by accident or intentionally while on duty.

At least 251 travelers also died during or after they had gone through checkpoints at the Berlin border crossings. Unknown numbers of people suffered and died from distress and despair in their personal lives as a consequence of the Berlin Wall being built.

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FURTHER READING

Cover: The Victims at the Berlin Wall 1961 - 1989
Hans-Hermann Hertle, Maria Nooke (eds.): The Victims at the Berlin Wall 1961 - 1989
A Biographical Handbook
Berlin 2011

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