subtitled video | 24 min
19 year old Bärbel wants to flee communist Eastern Germany.
Her family has contacted a group of rogue US soldiers who help refugees cross the border at famous Checkpoint Charlie.
But then, everything goes wrong.
The soldiers leave Bärbel behind in East Berlin, where she has to go into hiding.
At the same time Stasi agents have already been dispatched to find her.
More than 40 years later Bärbel’s son, the journalist Till Ottlitz, tells the story of his mother’s botched escape.
This is episode one of a six-part podcast series.