Klaus-Jürgen Kluge

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Klaus-Jürgen Kluge (born July 25, 1948 in Schönow ; † September 13, 1969 in Berlin ) was a victim of the Berlin Wall . He was shot by a member of the GDR border troops while attempting to overcome the wall between the Prenzlauer Berg and Wedding districts .


View from the Helmut Just Bridge (renamed back to "Behmbrücke" since 1993) to the border systems of the Berlin Wall between Wedding and Prenzlauer Berg

After finishing school in Schönow, he completed an apprenticeship as a model maker in Berlin in 1969. During this time, the Ministry for State Security (MfS) noticed him because he was negative about the social norms of the GDR and had made negative comments accordingly. After being drafted, he was to do his basic military service with the NVA from November 1969 . To get around this, he decided to flee to West Berlin .

On September 13, 1969, he drove from Schönow to Berlin-Prenzlauer Berg and climbed the hinterland protection wall in the area of ​​disused track systems between the Schönhauser Allee and Gesundbrunnen S-Bahn stations . When he got over the following signal fence, he triggered an alarm, whereupon the border guards of the nearby watchtower of the Helmut-Just-Bridge (renamed back to "Behmbrücke" since 1993) noticed him. Already lying on the last border wall to West Berlin, he was shot several times by a border guard and died a little later of his injuries.

After the corpse was recovered, it was first transported to the People's Police Hospital , then it was transported to the Charité Forensic Medicine Institute . The autopsy found that the cause of death was a penetration through the heart.

Only after the cremation had taken place, the parents of Klaus-Jürgen Kluge were informed of his death by the MfS. The burial took place on October 8, 1969 in the cemetery in Schönow.

After German reunification, there were wall rifle trials against the affected members of the GDR border troops before the Berlin Regional Court . The shooter was sentenced to a youth sentence of one year and four months on probation in 1997. In 1999, the superiors of the border guards were charged with complicity in manslaughter. The regimental commander in charge was sentenced to one year and three months, the former chief of staff to one year imprisonment.

See also

  • Hildegard Trabant , was shot in 1964 almost at the same place on the Berlin Wall while trying to escape

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Individual evidence

  1. Judgment of the Berlin Regional Court of July 12, 1999, in: StA Berlin, Az. 27 Js 80/97 Bd. 2, Bl. 95–96