Germany. Some buildings were right on the border between East and West Berlin. Until the windows were guarded and bricked closed, people tried to escape by jumping out the windows to freedom in West Berlin, 1961
Schulmädchen (schoolgirl) on the Alexanderplatz, East Berlin, East Germany, 1977, photograph by Pete Shacky.
People would jump out of buildings to reach west Berlin. (Notice the firemen catching below) Later all of these buildings were torn down by the East Berlin goverment and replaced with an empty no-mans' land with landmines and guard towers to shoot people who tried to cross. Passer le mur de Berlin à tout prix.
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During WWII, Jews in Budapest were brought to the edge of the Danube, ordered to remove their shoes, and shot, falling into the water below. 60 pairs of iron shoes now line the river's bank, a ghostly memorial to the victims. | 'Shoes on the Danube Promenade' by Can Togay and Gyula Pauer