Escaping the GDR at Boseckendorf

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Escaping the GDR at Boseckendorf

Boseckendorf is not even near Berlin, but we think it’s worth telling this absurd and tragic story. The small village of Boseckendorf had to deal with the iron curtain every day, just like the people in Berlin.  It was situated at the border of the GDR and West Germany. The inhabitants of the border village were so fed up with the situation, they decided to flee on October 2, 1961. Not just one. All 53 of them.

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500 meters from the border

Boseckendorf was 500 metres away from the border. It affected the lifes of the people living in the village every day. They had to stay away from the border, there was little food for their life stock due to all sorts of border regulations, they had to stay inside when it became dark and were not allowed to take any pictures. When rumors spread the GDR government wanted to move the whole population away from the border, the inhabitants of Boseckendorf couldn’t cope with the evacuation and all the restrictions anymore. They decided to flee their beloved village and leave all the stuff they owned and cared about behind.

memorialboseckendorfScary escape

It was a scary adventure for the people at Boseckendorf. They were with 53 people, 22 kids included. How would they pass the border without being noticed? When a small kid would start crying they would all end up in prison.

They waited till it became dark when they put the little ones on a wagon and walked towards the border. The two smallest kids, who were still infants, were given sleeping tablets so they wouldn’t cry. The older ones didn’t notice it was scary at all. Their parents gave them chocolate all the time, so they wouldn’t open their mouths during the crossing.

The border police didn’t notice the villages had left their beloved homes. The entire population of Boseckendorf made it to the other side. More on the Berlin Wall.

 

 

 

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