Working as a waiter on the Ku'damm and living in Hohenschönhausen, Peter Hohmann commuted between East and West Berlin - until the events of 13 August 1961. His first attempt to escape over a cemetery wall was unsuccessful, but Peter was not discouraged. After all, he had to retrieve the tips he had buried in Tiergarten...
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In 2011, to mark the 50th anniversary of the Wall going up, the rbb interviewed Berliners to find out what the division of the city meant to them. The Wall had a profound impact on the way each person went about their daily lives - no matter what side they found themselves on. Overnight people were cut off from their friends and relatives, from their offices, factories and schools, and from places where they enjoyed spending their leisure time. The division of the city tore families apart, ruptured biographies and claimed many lives.