Thursday, 24 April 2014

Leap Into Freedom

An uplifting, inspirational moment, captured forever

On the 15th August, 1961 the 19 year old East German soldier Conrad Schumann was stationed at the corner of Ruppiner Strasse and Bernauer Strasse to guard the barbed wire fence of what was to become part of the Berlin Wall, then on its third day of construction.

From his post, Schumann heard the gathering West Germans encouraging him to defect with cries of 'come over!'

The photograph above, taken by Peter Leibing, was the iconic result. 

Schumann subsequently moved from West Berlin into West Germany, marrying and settling down in Bavaria.

Sadly plagued by depression in his later life, Schumann committed suicide in 1998, hanging himself in his orchard.

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