A World Without Walls 2010
”An International Conference on Peacebuilding, Reconciliation and Globalization in an Interdependent World”

(Berlin; November 6th - 10th, 2010)

Human Rights Introduction

August 22, 1961

The first victim of the Wall dies

59-year-old Ida Siekmann attempts to cross the wall just 9 days after its edification. She throws a mattress onto the pavement on the Western side of the wall from the third floor of her building and jumps. Sadly she dies in her fall. Today a plaque serves as a reminder of the Wall’s first victim.