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Memorial for Günter Litfin

On 24 August 1961, Günter Litfin was shot and killed by members of the transport police as he attempted to flee to West Berlin. He became the first victim of shots fired at the border between East and West Berlin after the Wall went up on 13 August 1961. This memorial was established in memory of Günter Litfin and of all the other victims of the SED regime who were killed or injured on the GDR border.

The memorial was initiated by private citizens at the site of a former command post of GDR border troops and is maintained by an organization founded by the brother of Günter Litfin.

Kieler Str. 2, 10115 Berlin-Mitte
March to October: daily 12 noon – 5 p.m.
U-Bahn station Reinickendorfer Strasse (U6), Bus 147
Contact: Jürgen Litfin, Fischerinsel 2, 10179 Berlin
Tel./fax: +49 (0)30 / 23 62 61 83; mobile: +49 (0)163 / 379 72 90
www.gedenkstättegünterlitfin.de(Externer Link)

A pedestrian and bicycle path runs from the memorial along the Spandauer Schifffahrtskanal and across the historic cemetery Invalidenfriedhof to the former border crossing at Invalidenstrasse.

(See also "Kieler Eck" at "Wall Monuments".)
Remains of the Wall at the cemetery Invalidenfriedhof

Remains of the Wall at the cemetery Invalidenfriedhof

Between Kieler Eck and the nearby Invalidenstrasse checkpoint lies the Invalidenfriedhof, which was largely destroyed by the expansion of the border fortifications. The cemetery wall that bordered on the Spandauer Schifffahrtskanal served as an outer wall. … more »