august memories / 20


20th August, 1962 : Five thousand angry West Berliners protesting against the shooting of an 18-year-old East German boy trying to escape to the West, marched along streets near the Wall at midnight last night. Further protests are expected today, the first anniversary of the building of the “wall of shame”. The dead boy, Peter Fechter, was machine-gunned in the back as he tried to climb the wall and then bled to death while the East German guards looked on. There was nothing the West German police could do except throw him bandages as he cried for help.

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