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Michael Bradler

Michael Bradler


  • Michael Bradler/ Michael Rothe: Ich wollte doch nicht an der Mauer erschossen werden! (2011)
  • Gedenkstätte Berlin-Hohenschönhausen (Hg.): Die vergessenen Opfer der Mauer. Flucht und Inhaftierung in Deutschland 1961-1989. Berlin o. J., S. 52-54.

Michael Bradler was born in 1961 in East Berlin. Following his mother's death, Bradler was raised by his grandparents. In 1981, both his grandparents and best friend left the GDR. Michael applied for an exit visa seven times.

In January 1982, he went directly to the border crossing point at Berlin-Sonnenallee, where he begged the immigration officers to allow him to cross the border. The Ministry of State Security arrested him and ordered him to withdraw his application. After his refusal to do so, he was sentenced to one year and four months in prison. After nine months in custody, he was deported to the Federal Republic of Germany.

Today he is working as an author and tour guide in the Berlin-Hohenschönhausen memorial as well as the Stasi museum.