"Moscow-Paris Express Train to Freedom", an Escape from East to West

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However, since 1958 the SED (the Socialist Unity Party of Germany) had long been scheming a plan, code named Operation Chinese Wall, which would completely seal off of West Berlin from the GDR and would prevent a collapse of the socialist rule in East Germany.

When this plan actually became a reality on the night of August 12th, 1961, Winston Churchill's infamous expression of an Iron Curtain had truly materialized right in the heart of Berlin. The "Moskau-Paris-Express" to freedom. An escape from East to West by Karl-Heinz Richter

Karl-Heinz Richter is an official tour guide in The Memorial Berlin-Hohenschönhausen and frequently holds public lectures on the subject of political persecution. Please contact us per email for school lecture appointments and further enquiries. January 1964 a group of young East Berliners plan a risky escape to West Berlin.

One after the other, they escape by jumping on the daily Moscow-Paris Express train departing from the Friedrichstrasse station. The Stasi discover the secret spot after one of the young men, Karl-Heinz Richter, falls off the train and severely injures himself. He is arrested and sent to a Stasi prison. From this first-hand account, Karl-Heinz Richter takes us through his story about yearning to flee the GDR, his desolate incarceration and the relentless Stasi interrogations. Through the eyes of a seventeen year old we see how freedom cannot be walled in and how life and love triumph over all.

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