Escaping the German Democratic Republic (GDR)
By today, February 6, 2018 The Berlin Wall stood for 10,361 days, and 10,361 days ago today it fell. Let’s work together to preserve the things that unite rather than separate us!
For the GDR he was the number one public enemy. For many East Germans, this is their last resort. Dieter Jensch, together with Albert Schütz, bought almost 500 GDR citizens with fake diplomatic identity cards over the German-German border for twelve years after 1962. It all started by chance. The trained textile merchant and carpet dealer took a vacation with his wife and child in 1962 in the Upper Bavarian Mittenwald. “I saw a bar owner’s diplomatic ID card.” A kind of club card in passport format.
With the big letters “CD” on it. However, they did not stand for “Corps Diplomatique” (member of the diplomatic corps), but for “Confédération Diplomatique”: It was the house card of a Munich playboy club. Jensch wanted a game card like that, too. And got it. Already on his return journey through the GDR he pulled him out at the Töpen-Juchhöh crossing – and to his surprise he was let through, he was even stamped with a GDR CD visa in his passport. Nearly unmasked at the border to West Berlin. “The border guard is surprised that only I had a diplomatic passport, but not the others in the car.” Endless waiting, then salvation:”You may drive. We kindly apologize for the delay.” Jensch:”Despite my bottomless carelessness, the mission CD had worked.” And he’s moving on, now professionally. With Schütz he makes fantasy stamps that look real, they soon print their own pseudo passports. He’s pretending to be a UN employee now, sticking a UN badge to the back of the car.
“The American and German intelligence agencies were also inaugurated, working with us.” “Refugees were mediated by the SPD office in Müllerstraße, the Hartmannbund, through acquaintances.” A diplomatic escape cost at least 3,000 marks. “After all, we had expenses. The passports had to be printed, we had a fleet of vehicles.” Two couriers, two drivers and five different cars drove “sham diplomats” across the border. In Berlin at Checkpoint Charlie, but also about Hungary and Czechoslovakia. One of the most spectacular lock operations was to take place via Sassnitz to Sweden. A stocking manufacturer from Chemnitz wanted to get over his relatives, in Switzerland a heir worth millions was waiting for him. But at the meeting point a nasty surprise:”The elderly aunt was sitting in a wheelchair. Who could take her away from being an embassy secretary?” The second attempt also failed – this time they wanted to meet in Berlin and bring them over in the car without a turtleneck. But the old lady was asleep.
Next day. Same spot. Now everybody came on time. Six people who were taken in two stages. The mission CD does not go unnoticed by the GDR leadership. The GDR issues an arrest warrant against Jensch, the Stasi has him under surveillance. The comrades even drew up a plan to kill Jensch. In my Stasi file, I read that they wanted to put counterfeit money in my car, inform the police anonymously. A kidnapping was also planned.” But he had the right instinct, only sneaking out via Hungary and the CSSR. The CD campaign ran until 1974. A total of 487 people were taken. After that Jensch was a carpet dealer again and now lives as a pensioner in Berlin.
Source: Berliner Zeitung, 2001
For the freedom one may even fake passports