Hof, former seat of the U.S. intelligence service MCI in Hof
Lessingstraße 35, 95028 Hof, Germany
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The Americans were inquisitive

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In the evening after his escape, Andreas Schumann was given fresh clothes and handed over to the U.S. occupation authority in Hof. Fortunately, he spokes a little English and was thus able to make himself understood by the Americans. They took care of him and treated him casually: “We’d sit together and it was there that I ate celery with peanut butter for the first time in my life. We watched football together and it was all very nice and comfortable until I said: ‘you know, I’m a little tired now, it’s been a really long day for me and I’d really like to go to bed now’. Then I was taken to a proper cell in the basement of the house, with proper bars, and that was my sleeping quarters for the night. So you could basically say that I spent the first night in freedom behind bars,” Schumann recalled. He didn't see his family until one year later in 1989. Source: private archive of A. Schumann.

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.

Hof, former seat of the U.S. intelligence service MCI in Hof

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Hof, (Saale), is a small town in the north-east of Oberfranken. The town became occupied by the troops of the U.S. army on April 15, 1945, during their march to Eger and western Bohemia. Hof was a part of the U.S. occupation zone until the Treaty on Germany became effective in 1955. Afterwards, the U.S. occupation authority found its seat here.

Hof, former seat of the U.S. intelligence service MCI in Hof

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The Americans were inquisitive

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