• Short Summary

    A FORMER EAST GERMAN GUARD WENT ON TRAIL IN STUTTGART, WEST GERMANY TODAY (MONDAY) CHARGED WITH THE MANSLAUGHTER OF A REFUGEE IN THE HARZ MOUNTAINS LAST YEAR.

  • Description

    A FORMER EAST GERMAN GUARD WENT ON TRAIL IN STUTTGART, WEST GERMANY TODAY (MONDAY) CHARGED WITH THE MANSLAUGHTER OF A REFUGEE IN THE HARZ MOUNTAINS LAST YEAR.

    THE GUARD, 22-YEAR-OLD FRITZ HANKE, FLED TO WEST GERMANY HIMSELF IN FULL UNIFORM AND RIFLE UNDER HIS ARM ON FEBRUARY 23 THIS YEAR.HE ADMITTED IN COURT TO KILLING THE REFUGEE.

    "I NEVER INTENDED TO KILL ANYBODY", HE SAID."I WAS TOO EXCITED TO THINK CLEARLY." HE ADMITTED TO LIMITED INTELLIGENCE AND SAID THIS HAD BEEN A DRAWBACK TO HIS MILITARY CAREER.

    HANKE TOLD THE COURT THE BORDER GUARD'S DUTIES INCLUDED PROTECTION OF THE FRONTIER, CURBING SMUGGLERS AND DETAINING PEOPLE CROSSING FROM THE WEST.

    HE SAID HE REALISED THE FULL IMPORTANCE OF THE BERLIN WALL ONLY AFTER HIS ESCAPE TO THE WEST.HE HAD NO INTEREST IN POLITICS.

    HANKE WAS ARRESTED IN STUTTGART LAST MARCH ON INFORMATION HANDED TO POLICE BY SOME OF HIS FORMER COLLEAGUES...ALSO DEFECTORS TO THE WEST.

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    Film ID:
    VLVABA5C7PRXB9NLTFSLPYD43W3XB
    Media URN:
    VLVABA5C7PRXB9NLTFSLPYD43W3XB
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    07/10/1963
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:00:41:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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