Seniors escape at the Berlin Wall

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Seniors escape at the Berlin Wall

The classic image of a senior is a content gentleman sitting next to the fire, reading a novel with his wife sitting next to him, knitting a new sweater. In Berlin, seniors do different things if they are not happy with a situation. They don’t sit near a fire, they dug a tunnel to escape the Berlin Wall.

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Seniors digging a tunnel under the Berlin Wall

At least, that is exactly what twelve Berlin seniors did in 1962. They dug a tunnel in East Berlin at Oranienburger Chaussee, near Nordbahnhof and came out of the tunnel in Frohnau in West Berlin. They just didn’t want to be buried in East Berlin, an 81 year old member of the senior escape group said. The tunnel was exceptionally tall. At other escape tunnels in Berlin people had to crawl to get to the other side. The seniors wanted to get to West Berlin in a dignified matter. If you’re getting a bit older digging a tunnel is one thing, but crawling is not good for the joints. They wanted a smooth, unbowed entrance into freedom with their beloved wifes. More on the Berlin Wall

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