• Short Summary

    EAST GERMAN BORDER GUARDS YESTERDAY (TUESDAY) SHOT DEAD A WEST BERLIN COUPLE AS THEY SAILED NEAR THE EAST GERMAN BORDER IN AN OPEN MOTOR BOAT.

  • Description

    EAST GERMAN BORDER GUARDS YESTERDAY (TUESDAY) SHOT DEAD A WEST BERLIN COUPLE AS THEY SAILED NEAR THE EAST GERMAN BORDER IN AN OPEN MOTOR BOAT.A VOLLEY OF MACHINE GUN FIRE FROM A WATCH TOWER INSTANTLY KILLED A 42 YEAR OLD MAN AND CRITICALLY WOUNDED HIS YOUNG WOMAN COMPANION.SHE LATER DIED OF HER WOUNDS.

    THE COUPLE, HERR HERMANN DOEBLER AND FRAULEIN ELKE MARTENS, HAD TAKEN THE BOAT ALONG THE CANAL FOR A TRIP IN PLEASANTLY WARM WEATHER.THEY HAD APPROACHED A SECTION OF THE CANAL WHERE WIRE NETTING UNDERWATER OBSTACLES MARK THE EAST-WEST BORDER, WHEN WARNING SHOTS WERE FIRED.

    HERR BOEBLER IS THOUGHT TO HAVE HEEDED THE WARNING AND BEGUN TO HAVE TURNED THE BOAT WHEN THE FATAL SHOTS - ABOUT 30 ROUNDS OF MACHINE GUN FIRE -- WERE DIRECTED AT THE SMALL CRAFT.HERR DOEBLER WAS HIT IN THE BACK, THE HEAD AND THE KNEE.FRAULEIN, WAS STRUCK IN THE HEAD.SHE WAS ADMITTED TO A HOSPITAL NEAR THE CANAL, BUT DIED FOLLOWING AN EMERGENCY OPERATION.

    THE INCIDENTS OCCURRED ABOUT 300 YARDS (270 METRES) FROM CHECKPOINT BRAVO, ON THE AUTOBAHN AT DREILINDEN.

    COMMENTING ON THE INCIDENTS, HERR WILLY BRANDT, THE GOVERNING MAYOR OF WEST BERLIN, CALLED THE SHOOTING 'NOTHING WORSE THAN COLD BLOODED MURDER'.

    (SINCE THE WALL DIVIDING EAST AND WEST BERLIN WAS PUT UP IN 1961 A TOTAL OF 53 PEOPLE HAVE BEEN KILLED BY EAST GERMAN BORDER FIRE.ALL WERE EITHER REFUGEES FROM EAST BERLIN OR PEOPLE TRYING TO HELP REFUGEES).

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVAE9G9MGMOLF8BD5U1RKXR8QJI3
    Media URN:
    VLVAE9G9MGMOLF8BD5U1RKXR8QJI3
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    16/06/1965
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:00:47:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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