Border Museums and Memorials at the Baltic Sea

The Baltic Sea, in the north of the GDR created a natural border that could not be "secured" with walls and barbed wire. The Socialist Unity Party (SED) therefore put an intricate monitoring and control system into operation. Between 1961 and 1989, more than 5,600 persons attempted to escape across the Baltic Sea. Only about 900 were successful. 180 persons died. Ca. 4,500 were caught in the act and subsequently vicitmized in the German Democratic Republic (GDR).

Kühlungsborn: Watchtower on the Baltic Sea

Schwerin: Exhibit "Across the Baltic Sea to Freedom"