Ida Siekmann

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Birthday
23, 1902
Birthplace
Poland
Death Date
Aug 22, 1961 (58)
Birth Sign
Virgo
Birthday
23, 1902
Birthplace
Poland
Death Date
Aug 22, 1961 (58)

About

Remembered as the first person to die during an attempt to cross the Berlin Wall from Soviet-controlled East Berlin to French-administered West Berlin, this woman had a home on the border of the two cities and died from injuries suffered while jumping from her East Berlin window into a West Berlin street.

Before Fame

At the time of her death, she was employed as a nurse.

Trivia

Her image was included on the famous Berlin Wall Memorial, a monument that was visited by such public figures as United States politician Robert Kennedy and Republic of Cyprus President Makarios III.

Family Life

Born and raised in Gorken, West Prussia (modern-day Poland), she and her sister Martha later relocated to Berlin.

Associated With

She was the first person to die while trying to cross the Berlin Wall; Chris Gueffroy, who was shot in 1989, was the last.

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