World: The Ransomed

The escape plan was simple but to the point—Heinrich-Heine-Strasse Checkpoint, that is. Winfried Zippel, 20, an East Berlin mason and truck driver by profession, would steal a construction truck. Then he and his pal, Heinz Trochim, 21, a machinist, would crash the Wall to freedom. It being a warm summer night, the cocky pair tanked up on beer before setting out. The celebration was premature: before they had driven a single block, a pair of East German S.S.D. (State Security) cars squealed to a halt in front of them, and a clutch of cops...

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