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August 21, 1989
At least 90 bullets were fired from West Germany across the border into East Germany in a mysterious incident that has aggravated relations between the two nations. The firing continued for more than an hour across the Werra River, hitting two houses and a barn in the East German border town of Wahlhausen, according to the East German ADN news agency. No one was injured in the incident.
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January 21, 1992 | TYLER MARSHALL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In a verdict with broad legal and social implications for Germany, a court convicted two former East German border guards of manslaughter on Monday but acquitted two others of the same charge in the fatal shooting of a youth who tried to flee across the Berlin Wall only months before the Communist regime collapsed. The surprising and controversial judgment, which followed a 4 1/2-month trial, is the first of its kind to deal with the totalitarian aspects of the East German state.
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June 16, 1988 | United Press International
An East German border guard said he shot another guard in the foot and locked him in an observation tower, then escaped to the West by swimming across the Elbe River on Wednesday, West German police reported. A police spokesman said the 23-year-old soldier told interrogators he had intended only to fire a warning shot at the other guard, who was on duty with him in an observation tower on the East German side of the river.
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September 3, 1991 | TYLER MARSHALL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A major test case opened here Monday to determine whether it is legally possible to punish those responsible for fatally shooting some 200 people who attempted to flee the East German police state.
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June 15, 1988 | JOHN M. BRODER, Times Staff Writer
After resisting for three years, the Soviet Union has formally apologized for the March, 1985, killing of U.S. Army Maj. Arthur D. Nicholson Jr. while he was on a legitimate surveillance mission in East Germany, Defense Department officials said Tuesday. Soviet Defense Minister Dmitri T. Yazov made the apology in a private talk with Defense Secretary Frank C. Carlucci during the Moscow summit meeting two weeks ago, a Pentagon spokesman announced.
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September 16, 1988 | Associated Press
An escaping East German man was shot and critically wounded Thursday after he reached West German territory by swimming the Elbe River, police said. Police said in a statement that the 19-year-old man, who was not immediately identified, was already on West German territory when he felt something hit his chest. It was not immediately known who fired the shot.
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December 5, 1990 | TYLER MARSHALL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
German attempts to arrest former East German Communist leader Erich Honecker for ordering border guards to kill anyone trying to flee his regime threatened Tuesday to turn into a test of the recently revived German-Soviet relationship. "It's an extremely sensitive question," a German Foreign Ministry official commented Tuesday. "It is more political than judicial."
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June 16, 1991 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Four former East German border guards have been charged in the last shootings of would-be escapees at the Berlin Wall in 1989. They face manslaughter and attempted manslaughter counts, a Justice Department spokeswoman said in Berlin. The charges stem from the Feb. 6, 1989, slaying of Chris Gueffroy, 20, who was trying to escape to West Berlin, and the wounding of another youth.
NEWS
September 3, 1991 | TYLER MARSHALL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A major test case opened here Monday to determine whether it is legally possible to punish those responsible for fatally shooting some 200 people who attempted to flee the East German police state.
NEWS
January 21, 1992 | TYLER MARSHALL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In a verdict with broad legal and social implications for Germany, a court convicted two former East German border guards of manslaughter on Monday but acquitted two others of the same charge in the fatal shooting of a youth who tried to flee across the Berlin Wall only months before the Communist regime collapsed. The surprising and controversial judgment, which followed a 4 1/2-month trial, is the first of its kind to deal with the totalitarian aspects of the East German state.
NEWS
June 16, 1991 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Four former East German border guards have been charged in the last shootings of would-be escapees at the Berlin Wall in 1989. They face manslaughter and attempted manslaughter counts, a Justice Department spokeswoman said in Berlin. The charges stem from the Feb. 6, 1989, slaying of Chris Gueffroy, 20, who was trying to escape to West Berlin, and the wounding of another youth.
NEWS
December 5, 1990 | TYLER MARSHALL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
German attempts to arrest former East German Communist leader Erich Honecker for ordering border guards to kill anyone trying to flee his regime threatened Tuesday to turn into a test of the recently revived German-Soviet relationship. "It's an extremely sensitive question," a German Foreign Ministry official commented Tuesday. "It is more political than judicial."
NEWS
August 21, 1989
At least 90 bullets were fired from West Germany across the border into East Germany in a mysterious incident that has aggravated relations between the two nations. The firing continued for more than an hour across the Werra River, hitting two houses and a barn in the East German border town of Wahlhausen, according to the East German ADN news agency. No one was injured in the incident.
NEWS
September 16, 1988 | Associated Press
An escaping East German man was shot and critically wounded Thursday after he reached West German territory by swimming the Elbe River, police said. Police said in a statement that the 19-year-old man, who was not immediately identified, was already on West German territory when he felt something hit his chest. It was not immediately known who fired the shot.
NEWS
June 16, 1988 | United Press International
An East German border guard said he shot another guard in the foot and locked him in an observation tower, then escaped to the West by swimming across the Elbe River on Wednesday, West German police reported. A police spokesman said the 23-year-old soldier told interrogators he had intended only to fire a warning shot at the other guard, who was on duty with him in an observation tower on the East German side of the river.
NEWS
June 15, 1988 | JOHN M. BRODER, Times Staff Writer
After resisting for three years, the Soviet Union has formally apologized for the March, 1985, killing of U.S. Army Maj. Arthur D. Nicholson Jr. while he was on a legitimate surveillance mission in East Germany, Defense Department officials said Tuesday. Soviet Defense Minister Dmitri T. Yazov made the apology in a private talk with Defense Secretary Frank C. Carlucci during the Moscow summit meeting two weeks ago, a Pentagon spokesman announced.
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