Tunnel 57

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Commemorative plaque on the house at Strelitzer Strasse 55, in Berlin Mitte
Location marker on the Berlin Wall Memorial, with the Bernauer Strasse in the background

Tunnel 57 was a tunnel under the Berlin Wall that on the third and fourth October 1964 was the location of a mass escape by 57 East Berlin citizens. Student and future astronaut Reinhard Furrer was among the West German escape helpers who assisted the East Berliners in escaping. During the escape, East German border guards came upon the scene. A West German escape helper, Christian Zobel, opened fire, the bullet piercing the shoulder of young East German guard Egon Schultz, who was then fatally wounded by friendly fire from another guard. This friendly fire was kept secret by the GDR government. A memorial plaque on the site today commemorates both the successful escape, and Schultz's death as a victim of the Berlin Wall.[1] [2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Aguirre, Jessica Camille (7 November 2014). "The Story of the Most Successful Tunnel Escape in the History of the Berlin Wall". Smithsonian Magazine. Retrieved 10 November 2014.
  2. ^ "Egon Schultz", Chronik der Mauer

Coordinates: 52°32′10.62″N 13°23′33.79″E / 52.5362833°N 13.3927194°E / 52.5362833; 13.3927194