In October 1961 a
young East German man drowned while trying to
reach West Berlin by swimming across the river.
Shortly after his body recovered, a service and
protest meeting was attended by 2,500 people. A
few weeks later West Berliners erected a memorial
where the man's body had been recovered, and made
sure that it could be clearly seen from East
By the time the memorial was erected,
authorities had determined that the refugee's
name was Udo Düllick, but they withheld the
information at the request of his family, who
feared repercussions by the East German state.