Category: Günter Litfin

On this day: Günter Litfin is killed trying to escape to West Berlin

[caption id="attachment_4000" align="alignleft" width="1024"] Günter Litfin is killed trying to escape to West Berlin following the construction of the Berlin Wall[/caption] On this day: Günter Litfin becomes the first person to be shot and killed whilst trying to escape to West Berlin following the construction of the Berlin Wall (August 24th 1961) As one of thousands of Berliners who regularly commuted across the border of the divided city, Günter Litfin dreamt of becoming a successful clothes designer. After completing his apprenticeship as a tailor in East Berlin he found work in an atelier near Bahnhof Zoo and soon began making a reputation for himself working with some of the most glamorous names in West Berlin showbusiness. Life as a Grenzgänger (border jumper) was dangerous but not without its rewards. Working in the West meant Litfin could count his days in highly desired Westmark, whilst maintaining a certain level of comfort…