The birch cross - Bernhard F.'s attempt to escape
A very special memorial is the birch cross, directly opposite the US Army observation point. The cross was erected in memory of an attempt to escape that two men made at this point at Christmas 1975. They were shortly before their destination when one of them, Bernhard F., who comes from a neighboring town, triggered the SM 70 splinter mine on the last border fence. He was injured so badly that it was assumed for a long time that he had not survived. His companion was arrested. All of this happened before the eyes of the Americans, who were not allowed to intervene.
Today the birch cross stands for all those who fell victim to the division of Germany. The arbitrariness of the state and the injustice that upright democrats had to suffer in the second German dictatorship must not be forgotten.
April 5, 2020
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