These Germans Swam to Freedom Instead of Climbing Over the Berlin Wall

(via) It’s been 30 years since the fall of the Berlin Wall so we’d be forgiven for forgetting about the East/West division of Germany and how much courage it must have taken to will oneself to escape. All my life I thought East Berliners just needed to get over two walls (and across the so-called “death strip” between them) in order to reach West Berlin (no big deal), but this riveting film – taken by a tourist who was in the right place at the right time – shows that swimming across the Spree River was another option. That might sound like a straightforward proposition, but it looks like harrowing stuff!

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