Cold War deaths at Berlin Wall revised higher

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13 August 2004, BERLIN - More people than previously reported were killed at the Berlin Wall and Cold War border between former East Germany and West Germany, an organisation documenting events that led to the collapse of the wall said. A total of 1,065 people were killed mainly while trying to escape from communist East Germany to the West, said the Working Group for 13 August which takes its name from the August 13, 1961 date on which the Berlin Wall was built. The group included 57 additional deaths in

 13 August 2004

BERLIN - More people than previously reported were killed at the Berlin Wall and Cold War border between former East Germany and West Germany, an organisation documenting events that led to the collapse of the wall said.

A total of 1,065 people were killed mainly while trying to escape from communist East Germany to the West, said the Working Group for 13 August which takes its name from the August 13, 1961 date on which the Berlin Wall was built.

The group included 57 additional deaths in its listing which is updated each year. Among those killed were several East German border guards who died during escapes.

In a related development, the former head of East Germany's border troops, Klaus-Dieter Baumgarten, on Thursday published a book claiming to give the "real history" of the Berlin Wall.

"We served our state with decency, clean hands and dignity," said the 73-year-old Baumgarten at the press conference.

Baumgarten was convicted of killings at the Wall and sentenced to a six-and-a-half year prison term after German unification. He was later pardoned.

"There was never a shoot-to-kill order," insisted Baumgarten.

The Berlin Wall was opened on 9 November 1989 in a last ditch attempt by hardline East German leaders to save their crumbling state.

Within months the communist regime was swept away and the two German states were unified on 3 October 1990.

DPA

Subject: German news
 

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