Between two worlds
Between the years 1946 – 1959, the Späthstraße Bridge served as the link between East and West Berlin for Siegfried Buchholz. On the way to school and later University, he would cross the border via this bridge every day. The application to a West-Berlin school had heavily impacted Buchholz' life since it resulted in constant reprisals and surveillance of the family by the East-German government. When his mother was arrested at the border crossing because of the smuggling of twelve chicken eggs on December 12, 1959, Siegfried Buchholz and his brother fled to the FRG for fear that they would be as well.