Call on former East German refugees arrested in Czechoslovakia until 1989 to apply for rehabilitation and compensation

November 6, 2017
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Berlin / Prague, 6 November 2017. On the occasion of the anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall 28 years ago, the Platform of European Memory and Conscience and the German Union of Victims of Communist Tyranny UOKG call upon former refugees from East Germany who were arrested attempting to cross the Czechoslovak borders to the West to apply for rehabilitation and compensation from the courts of the Czech and Slovak Republics.

In the belief that the Czechoslovak borders to West Germany and Austria were less severly guarded than the inner-German border, many thousand East Germans travelled to Czechoslovakia during Communism and attempted to cross the Iron Curtain there. Some were successful, some were sadly killed or died while trying to cross the border. Those who were caught were arrested and handed over to the East German secret police Stasi.

Based on the breakthrough ruling of the district court Bratislava I from March 2017 in the case of Hartmut Tautz, the 18-year old high school graduate form Magdeburg who was killed on the Czechoslovak border to Austria in 1986, the Platform of European Memory and Conscience and the Union of Victims of Communist Tyranny call upon former East German refugees who were arrested in former Czechoslovakia to apply for court rehabilitation and compensation from the Czech and Slovak Republics.

Those interested in legal redress are kindly asked to write to justice@memoryandconscience.eu.

PRESSEMITTEILUNG IN DEUTSCH:

Pressemitteilung PEMC und UOKG 6.11.2017

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