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9 Ingenious Smuggling Machines
That Beat the Berlin Wall

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Posted By: Pluperfect, 11/10/2019 4:56:10 AM

November 9, 2019, marks the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, the physical embodiment of the Iron Curtain separating East and West in the Cold War. The Wall was built in 1961 to stop East Germans escaping to the West, but thousands found ways to beat it, using modified cars, a zipwire, and other feats of backyard engineering. Outside Berlin, intrepid escapees built their own submarines, a balloon, and even a microlight to overcome the wall. The Berlin Wall comprised two concrete barriers separated by a "death strip," which was 160 yards wide and covered by border guards with Kalashnikovs. Almost 300 people died during escape attempts,

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Reply 1 - Posted by: Moritz55 11/10/2019 5:29:38 AM (No. 231213)
Great article. Thanks for posting.
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Reply 2 - Posted by: RobertJ984 11/10/2019 9:47:25 AM (No. 231424)
Why could some people pass and others couldn’t?
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Reply 3 - Posted by: Rumblehog 11/10/2019 2:34:56 PM (No. 231636)
People under oppression can be so damned clever. It's amazing what people can do when they have nothing else to lose. I love the fact that many of these people went on to start businesses that used their pioneered methods of escape. The story of the two families escaping in the balloon was made into a movie, as I recall.
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