"Finally they shot him, two or three shots."

The guards on the eastern side of the Berlin Wall were under orders to shoot to kill.  This short timeline of the Wall from 1961 to 1989 shows both successful and unsuccessful attempts to escape:

Victims Monument at Berlin Wall
Creative Commons Attribution Share AlikeVictims Monument at Berlin Wall
Credit: Magnus Manske


Each person killed while trying to escape over the Berlin Wall is represented by a black cross bearing the individual names and photographs.