First contact after the border crossing
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.