After spending four and a half years in prison, Sigrid Richter was transferred to the prison in Chemnitz, (then Karl-Marx-Stadt). The West-German government paid for her release in 1986 and thus Richter was free to leave the GDR. After a long time of imprisonment, Richter was finally allowed to be close to her husband again. Although they were separated by a wall, the women could hear that their men were waiting on the other side of the wall for them. The joy and the jubilation were so intense that the officials immediately put the women back in their cells. For four days and four nights, Richter was waiting in a cell with several other women constantly anticipating the moment that they would leave the prison and finally making it to the West. Each day, the women would dress their hair, put on makeup and make sure their clothes looked the part - always in the belief that they’d be released that day and depart for the FRG. It took four days before they were released. Then, Richter and the others were put on a bus, finally able to cross the German border.