Swim for your life out of the GDR!

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patchesdf : Imagine being the last person shot for trying to escape like a day or so before the wall came down?

Tara Strong : Wow, the feels. Her last words before the end of the video "I hab's geschafft!", an expression of delight and relief: "I made it!"

ComradeRed2020 : I am glad they made it! And I am glad the guards didn't shoot. No one should force you to stay in a country you don't want to stay in.

frank sally : I love right at the end when it hits her that they made it and she freaks out.

mikemorr100 : If people are terrified and trying to escape your country, maybe its not them, maybe its you.

TheSOlmos : Man, the kinda struggle people have had to go through always makes me realise how much I take my easy life for granted

OPBjorn : It's not socialism it's communism

Skandalos : But... but socialism is paradise!! Capitalism inhuman!

TheKetsa : And today guys like snowden fly to Russia... Strange world.

BigGreekGeek : A truly shocking video! Made me shiver several times.  This is we we should fight for our rights and freedom! 

This slice of paradise This sacred throne of Kings : Now how about we cut to America and their filthy NAFTA regime on the entire continent. 1,500,000 farmers in Mexico lost everything they had because the U.S was shipping in corn/wheat grain the local Mexicans couldn't keep up with. Out of those 1,500,000 Mexicans, who knows how many thousands were literally dragged out of Mexico and put into meat factories working like slaves covered in cow shit, piss and guts. It's all fine and dandy pointing the finger at communism and saying how bad it was but how about you go live in a Chinese village next to a factory that burns tyres for fuel and feel your lungs burning from breathing the air.....what about being homeless in New York...going bankrupt paying for hospital care? Capitalism and Communism both have committed their fair share of crimes but I'll stand by communism every single time. I had family that were communists in Burma.

Brocialist Party of America : Reminds me of how there are people who swim across another river to get to a better life. Except that river is called the Rio Grande and we deport the people who cross it.

Ana Ghinet : Should be grateful they didn't shoot, regardless of whom they could've shot by mistake. In Romania the guards at Portile de Fier didn't have these moral problems.

John Mcclane : That's intense

ZAKAZEE : Communism , not even once 

Daniel Veazey : I wonder what these people are up to now.

ger962 : today you would have 1 person helping and all the other filming.

metomigakuen : Alberta is voting for a socialist government in a few days. Run/swim while you can.

John Barnes : I was in West Berlin in November 1988 and I recall standing in this very spot. Our tour guide told us about this daring escape that had taken place only a few months earlier. What I'd like to know was how they managed to approach so close to the Eastern side of the wall without being spotted. (Especially in broad daylight.) As I recall, there were guard booths on the eastern side designed to keep unauthorized people several hundred meters away from the wall. Either they had some kind of connection that enabled them to get closer or they were just incredibly lucky.

kyle kpr : we're going to be asking canada to save us like this soon so i guess i should start getting better at my long distance swimming.

Allison A : So powerful. I'm speechless. 

Miniwolf 567 : My mother and her family tunneled under the Berlin Wall in 1973 because her father was in West Berlin for work Quite interesting.

Rob Cockerham : There is something about being in the water which makes you feel protected from gunfire.

Julius Fawcett : Borders are only ideas created by humans to keep the elite safe from sharing everything with everybody

serioussam909 : And today flights from France or Germany are treated as domestic flights in Eastern Europe (no passport control or customs). So glad that Russians are no longer ruling over a half of Europe.

Brommes : today I wish I could escape to the east !!!

skoda slov : Any idiot that talks to me how komunizm was great should watch this. Many died escaping from here to Austria too.

Kirk Kelsen : I well remember looking at the Berlin Wall in September 1989, the world's largest jail, totally unaware it was about to fall. It was, the fact of it, deeply disturbing.

ussp38 : wow powerful stuff

Fernando Video Juegos Correo : I hate the comunist

Charlie Wolf : That was intense. Thanks for sharing this humbling piece of history. 

Caitlin Coffey : Does anyone know the name of original owner of this video?

Chilltownify : shows the lengths people will go to escape oppression..take note North Korea, etc

Lee Lewis : I watch this video often.Socialism it's so great they have to swim for their lives!

themastertrevor : woah that was intense.

skutt64 : Socialism makes the best, most humane and most happy society. Just look it up, it's facts on paper.

Francis de Vent : Hi there, Could we use this movie for educational purposes? Best regards.

kim jørgensen : Amazing. Imagine this is only 25 years ago. 

David King : Unfortunately today, it is not so easy as swing across a river.  The tentacles of zion cover the globe.  Better to seek out and fight, than to try to run away.

PurpleFiiilth : -How did you know they wouldn't shoot? - We didn't

Angelus Mortem : Anyone, who wants to learn much more about life in the eastern block/communism I'd like to recommend lectures/interviews of KGB defector Yuri Bezmenov, avaliable on YT.

notsoseriousmoonlight : I remember watching this back when it happened.  If I recall correctly, the woman was pregnant and didn't want to have her child on the East side. I think she broke her ankle in the escape, which is why she was being assisted away.  It is a very powerful video.  Had the tourist not been there filming...  Thank you for posting, people need to remember the way things once were.

greekmarine : soviets would have a great ally if they didnt move east germanys factories and infastructure to their lands and make them pay for reparations.that way their economy would be much better

Hank Hill : It's incredible how much importance we put on what essentially are imaginary lines. Just being on one side of a river as opposed to the other changed the entire course of those people's lives.

spiegel : And for every one of these where it worked out, there were hundreds where the result wasn't so good. But if you're ever in Berlin, go to the Checkpoint Charlie museum.    It's filled with interesting displays of all the ingenius attempts that successfully made it across - and of course those that didn't.  I've been twice.  It's fascinating.

socokid : Through bewilderment and exhaustion, a wide eyed yell of "We've done it!!" by that woman at the end. Imagine that feeling... wow.

devwreck127 : Communism, socialism, and leftism in general have always been and will always be scourges on all humanity and should serve as reminders to the world of the evil capable by man against his fellow man and of how valuable liberty is.

YegorTheRussian : If Hitler didn't try to murder anyone, there would be no east/west germany

Ruz : Show this to Bernie Sanders

8w9hf89hw : And now everything in Germany is fine. LOL