Peter Fechter Memorial

About one year after the wall went up, a young man named Peter Fechter attempted to flee from East Germany. He plotted with his friend Helmut Kulbeik. The plan was to hide in a carpenter’s workshop near the wall then to jump out of a window into the “death-strip” -run across it, and climb over the barbed wire wall to freedom in West Berlin.
When both reached the wall, guards fired at them. Although Kulbeik succeeded in crossing the wall, Fechter was shot in the pelvis while standing on the wall. He fell back into the death-strip on the Eastern side, where people watched him bleed to death for a little over an hour. Despite his screams, he received no medical assistance from the East side, and could not be helped by anyone on the West side. People on the West side started yelling at the guards calling them “murderers!”
No one helped Peter. Western bystanders were held back from helping at gunpoint and East side guards were ordered to do nothing. The shot in the right hip had caused severe internal injuries which a doctor from the east said he would have died from anyways. (?)
The photo of us standing on the circle is where Peter died. The line of bricks almost touching the circle is where the wall once stood. There is a memorial on the sidewalk.



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