The last hurdle
Sigrid Richter crossed the inner German border on November 11, 1986. After having spent 4,5 years in a prison, the government of West Germany paid for her release to the FRG. Her first stay in the West was the reception center for the fugitives from the East in Gießen. However, she only spent a short time there with her husband. They were soon picked up and taken care of by their friends from Dortmund. Starting a new life in West Germany wasn’t quite easy. Richter first had to deal with the necessary paperwork and visit the relevant authorities. It took a while before she got used to taking care of everything on her own. In the Soviet system, the state had directed her life and made all the decisions for her. Finally, Sigrid Richter was able to start a new life with her husband and son in Bochum.