A stranger helps them on the run
Monika Khalaf – ten years old at the time of their flight in 1958 – and her mother fled together from Erfurt via Berlin to the West. Their flight was prompted by two policemen who warned Khalaf's mother. The two escaped with only a single suitcase. At the Erfurt central railway station, they got into an S-Bahn to Berlin, Friedrichstrasse. Arriving at the Friedrichstrasse, they took a tram in the direction of Siemens City, during rush hour. On the tram, they were almost caught and they were greatly afraid because they didn’t have any permission to travel to the West. However, the odds were in their favor -- a stranger helped them to cover and hide their suitcase during the tram ride.