This is a private website about my service as a soldier in the GDR Border Troops.
I’ve also put together a chronology of Border Command South, specifically the First Border Regiment. We were deployed in the Eisenach area along the old border between Pfaffschwende (1st Border Company) to Berka/Werra (14th Border Company).
If you have stories or memories to share, I’ll add them so others can read and learn about life on the border. Have a look around, and if you’re so inclined, leave a note in my guest book. I’d love to hear from you!
Neither am I attempting to glorify the GDR nor, under any circumstances, that border. At the same time I hope to show the reality of our lives, as opposed to Cold War stereotypes. I’m confident in my past as I draw on the stories and experiences of life in the GDR and even from my own service on the border. In any event, it’s better to look forward than grasp the conflicts and mistakes of our past. Every society has its light and dark sides and we each define freedom in our own way.
Some visitors to my site have asked me that after looking through the pictures and information here. It’s just time after more than twenty years to make this living history available on the web. Since first publishing Border Duty in 2010, I’ve received many e-mails, letters and guest book entries. Most have been very positive and encouraging, but I’ve also received threats from a few people.
At the age between 18 and 27 years they were drawn to the "honourary service", to the state border of the GDR to Berlin (west) or green border (FRG).
At the age of 18 years I was drawn on Nov. 04th 1986 to the border troops of the GDR. Not due to conviction, but in hope to get a residential permit lateron. Therefore I decided on 3 years to the service with the weapon.
if a conscript who did a three-year-old military service as a noncommissioned officer instead of the one and a half-year-old basic weir service was called in the border troops of the GDR.