The way to freedom
Frank Plunze attempted several times to get across the border between the Germanys to the West in order to live a better life. After all of his escape attempts had failed, he was placed as a political prisoner into the Torgau prison on August 30, 1982. After five long years of imprisonment, on June 12, 1987, he was ransomed by the FRG and his escape to freedom was coming closer: “Now you can rejoice. We’re now in the west. It’s over. Don’t be afraid, there’s nobody sitting in the bus anymore. I’m now taking you to the Gießen central reception center where you’ll be photographed and fingerprinted.” These were the reassuring words of the bus driver who was bringing them to safety. It was a very emotional moment for Frank Plunze. He had his relatives in the West arranged all the formalities for him in advance and was thus able to start working in the West right away. The very next day, he flew to West Berlin at his own request.