Conrad Schumann

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Birthday
28, 1942
Birthplace
Germany
Death Date
Jun 20, 1998 (56)
Birth Sign
Aries
Birthday
28, 1942
Birthplace
Germany
Death Date
Jun 20, 1998 (56)

About

Best remembered for jumping over the Berlin Wall into West Germany during the wall's 1961 construction, he became a symbol of defiance against Cold War Era-oppression. Prior to his legendary leap, he had served as a soldier in the East German Army.

Before Fame

At the age of eighteen, he joined the Bereitschaftspolizei (the East German State Police).

Trivia

Peter Leibing, a prominent German photographer, captured Schumann's defection from East to West Germany. The resulting image became one of the most famous visual representations of the Cold War era.

Family Life

He settled in Bavaria, West Germany, with his wife, Kunigunde.

Associated With

Nearly three decades apart, he and German aviator Mathias Rust both challenged the Cold War world order: Schumann crossed the border from East to West Germany in 1961, while Rust illegally landed his plane in Moscow, Russia's Red Square in 1987.