Growing Up Behind the Iron Curtain

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In the biography I wrote about my life in former East-Berlin.In 1976 and early 1977 my ex husband  had written 11 petitions to leave East-Berlin. We both had enough from the dictator state. We were sending letters to the Human Right Organization. Our petitions were rejected by the City Hall District without a reason. The ministry for state security short for Stasi had threatened us .We both thought a good escape plan was to kidnap a person with a car on the freeway. Inside the car we threatened the Diplomat with a knife and an explosive dummy. My ex-husband  and I wanted from the Diplomat to drive us over the Border to West-Germany. We tried to kidnap the 2 secretary from the Cuban Embassy in former East-Berlin. He got scared and stopped the car. The Diplomat wanted to see our identity cards. We had our personal things in a plastic bag. The Diplomat was holding on to the bag. The bag got broken; everything was falling on the ground. We tried to pick up our personal things from the ground. The Diplomat was screaming at us to leave everything behind. Afterwards we went back to our apartment. In the same night we both got arrested by the Stasi. We were 7 months in the Stasi remand prison in Berlin Pankow. The political inmates were mentally and physically tortured. I was interrogated 8 to 12 hours 5 days a week by the Stasi. In the small prison cell I was alone for weeks. Each night we had to sleep by a very strict sleeping code. Every 10  minutes the Stasi guards had checked the cells. It was for me almost impossible to sleep. I was 8 days in an arrest cell in the cellar. The first 3 days I had nothing to eat and no water to drink. After our trial I received 5 years and 6 months prison time. My ex husband received 7 years. I had to serve my prison time in the former women prison Hoheneck. In the prison we had to live by strictly military rules and regulation.I wrote my story for the former political prisoners,who are still suffering today.

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I was born and grew up in the former GDR, the German Democratic Republic. In 1977 my ex-husband and I kidnap somebody on the freeway in East Berlin. In a plastic bag we had our birth certificates, identity cards, a hand-written note, and pictures from us. On the freeway a diplomat's car had stopped. The man in the car was the second secretary of the Cuban Embassy from East Berlin. After we told him what we wanted from him, the diplomat got scared, and stopped the car. Then he got out of the car. Afterwards he was screaming at us to get out. The diplomat had in his hand a metal wrench. My son at that time was two years old. I was standing next to the car. I got the plastic bag with our personal things out of the car. The diplomat tried to take the plastic bag away from me. Then the bag broke, and everything fell onto the ground. The diplomat was screaming at us to leave everything behind, and to go home. We knew it was over. That same night we were arrested by the Stasi. The MFS Stasi was the ministry for state security in East Germany. We were brought to the former Stasi remand prison in Berlin Pankow. After seven months of investigation I was sentenced to five years and six months in prison, for attempted escape from the GDR, terrorism and kidnapping. Afterwards, I was brought to the former notorious women's prison, Hoheneck, in Chemnitz, Saxony. The prison conditions were horrible. The political prisoners were treated badly. In Hoheneck is a water cell, the women prisoners had to stay in cold water for hours or days. I was locked up in a cell with women murderers, thieves, and some did heavy robbery. In Hoheneck at the time of my detention were, three women Nazi guards from former concentration camps. The former women Stasi guards had no mercy with us political prisoners.I was freed in 1979 by the Federal Republic for a payment of 40,000 German marks. Afterwards  I was in two different refugee camps until, I was allowed to live in West Berlin.

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