1962: Remembering the first casualty of the Berlin Wall

The Berlin Wall is something I grew up talking about. The construction of the Berlin Wall started on this day 1961 and the first casualty came in August 1962. It happened when two young men tried to escape. One young man made it to the other side. Unfortunately, the other was shot in the back and bled to death.

From 1961 to 1989, the Wall was an international symbol of freedom. You had free people on the Western side and a repressive state on the East. It was clear to most of us that this wall meant something. We can not forget those who were killed crossing this wall because they wanted to be free. They were some of the many victims of communism in the last 100 years.

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