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13th Aug 1961 (A thread)

Yesterday, 60 years ago the construction of the Berlin Wall began.The GDR regime separated families & locked out freedom for good. How #ahnenstory great-uncle Alfons (pictured) then 27 years old, experienced this turning point, he told her in August 2001 Image
From 1960 to 1961 I was at the officers' school of the People's Police (Volkspolizei) in Aschersleben in what was then the Halle district (now Saxony-Anhalt). On the evening of August 12th and after a whole day of lessons in politics, we went on to some exercise in the evening.
There was a football match against the district champions on the actual school premises that day. I was a passionate football player then and shot my team to victory with a 2:1 goal. Big cheers and applause, almost 800 spectators on the sports field - what a wonderful feeling.
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