Karin Heisler, the 15-year-old Australian-born girl who was left behind in East Germany when her mother, a naturalised Briton, left for the West, spoke about her experiences today (Tuesday).
GV Catholic Guest House.
SV Karin Heisler SOF.
TRANSCRIPT: KARIN: (SEQ. 2) They treated me like they always treat people. Not very bad, not too good, just all right.
INTERVIEWER: Were you happy?
KARIN: Where, in the G.D.R.?
KARIN: Not really. My mother was missing. That was my main problem, that I wanted to go back to my mum.
INTERVIEWER: Did you ask the East Germens why you couldn't rejoin your mother in the West?
KARIN: That question I don't want to answer.
INTERVIEWER: What have you been doing for the last seven months while you have been in East Germany?
KARIN: I was going to school there, and doing ninth and tenth class. And then after that I was going to study at biology and chemistry.
INTERVIEWER: Have you heard anything from your mother over the last seven months?
KARIN: No not a thing, except a couple of days ago, last week, I heard something from some kids in school about....that my mother had spoken on the radio and was on television. That's the first I heard of her since the seven months.
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Background: Karin Heisler, the 15-year-old Australian-born girl who was left behind in East Germany when her mother, a naturalised Briton, left for the West, spoke about her experiences today (Tuesday). Her release yesterday was arranged by the West Berlin lawyer Juergen Stange, well-known for his part in negotiating spy exchanges with the East German authorities.
Karin was interviewed at the Catholic guest house where she was later reunited with her month, Mrs. Renee Heisler.