Regnitzlosau, farmstead
Hinterprex 19, 95194 Regnitzlosau, Německo
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First contact after the border crossing

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On the other side of the river, after having marched for some time inland into the FRG territory, Andreas Schumann arrived at a farm and knocked on the door. A teacher lived there with his wife and five children. Andreas Schumann recalls: “I told them that I had just crossed the border from the East. They were completely perplexed. They thought it was impossible. How could someone possibly come from the East? That had never happened here before. They didn't know what they were supposed to do. So they said that they'd probably have to call the Federal Border Protection Authority. I said: ‘Before you call them, may I make a short phone call?’ I called my wife and told her that I wasn't going to make it home for dinner that evening. She knew right away what had happened.” Then the teacher called the federal border guard. Before the Federals picked Andreas up, the family gathered all the cash that they had at home and gave it to him. Then the Federals interrogated him and checked the evidence on the spot. The money he was given by the family even temporarily made him look suspicious of being a spy from the East.

Andreas Schumann

Andreas Schumann

Andreas Schumann was born in Zwickau on October 27, 1953, and experienced a relaxed childhood. After completing his graduation, he became the deputy director of the Water-Management Directorate in Magdeburg in 1984. In this position, he soon realized that the career possibilities were rather limited in the GDR. On top of that, he was hindered in achieving the goals personally dear to him. Therefore he decided to leave his family for the time being and flee to the West. To this end, he moved his field of activity to a district which had a long border with Bavaria. Acting on a pretext, on November 3, 1988, he went on a trip to a border river, ostensibly to obtain water samples. In fact, however, his plan was to cross the border on that day with an illegally acquired pass in his pocket. He waited for a suitable moment and then took the opportunity and made a getaway across the border river. He managed to shake off the border guards that had originally accompanied him and on the Bavarian side of the border he knocked on the door of the first farm he encountered. A very surprised farmer’s family was the first one to provide a friendly reception and assistance to him. He was subsequently forwarded to the U.S. occupation authorities and then passed through the admission procedure of the FRG. With the help of his family members, friends, and acquaintances, as well as a lot of hard work, he managed to start from scratch and after the fall of the Wall on November 9, 1989, he was finally able to reunite with his wife and daughter again.

Regnitzlosau, farmstead

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After his successful escape from East Germany in 1988, Andreas Schumann knocked on the door of this farmstead and found help here.

Regnitzlosau, farmstead

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First contact after the border crossing

First contact after the border crossing

Andreas Schumann
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