Weckeiser, Dieter and Elke
The temperatures had reached almost freezing on the evening of February 18, 1968 when the young couple attempted to cross the border to West Berlin. They chose to flee from the Spree in the city center, diagonally across from the Reichstag building, a spot that was heavily guarded and secured.
When he did not receive an answer, he ran off to catch his bus. Herbert Mende later told his father that one of the policemen came out of the guardhouse and called out to two other border guards who were patrolling close by: “Shoot him! Shoot him!” After firing a warning shot, one of the border guards fired two shots at the young man from a distance of 30 meters.
Early in the evening of June 28, 1968, a man’s sports jacket, a sweater, a pair of pants, socks and a pair of shoes were found in the bushes near the Soviet monument in Berlin-Treptow. An identity card with personal data on Bernd Lehmann was found in the side pocket of the jacket. Five days later a border soldier discovered the dead body of a man wearing only a bathing suit and a green turtleneck sweater.
One of the guards standing in front of Siegfried Krug warned the approaching man that he would make use of his weapon if he did not stop. “You guys aren’t shooting,” Krug answered calmly and continued along, slipping between the two guards who were standing in his way.
Two weeks before his 27th birthday, on the evening of November 15, 1968, Rolf Henniger was driving his guard leader in a Trabant "Kübel" along the security strip through the border territory of Babelsberg Palace Park.
He fired continuously at the driver, Private Rolf Henniger, through the windshield. The driver was hit by a number of bullets in his chest and head, and collapsed behind the steering wheel.