Friday, August 17, 1962: Peter Fechter

The East German bricklayer, 18, is shot as he tries to cross the Berlin Wall to the West. For almost an hour he lies dying in a no-man's land between the two sectors, with neither the East German troops nor the West German and American guards coming to his aid. His body is finally carried away by the East Germans. Fechter's last minutes were seen in pictures and footage around the world. (Photos from Corbis Images)

* Summary (from Berlin Wall Memorial website): @
* Excerpt from "The Victims at the Berlin Wall 1961-1989: A Biographical Handbook" (Hans Hermann-Hertle and Maria Nooke, 2011): @
* Story in Life magazine (August 31; scroll down to "The Boy Who Died on the Wall"): @
* Fechter memorial (from www.berlin.de): @
* Video (from britishpathe.com): @
* Photo from National Archives: @

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