Liberty Train


30 September 1989: Over 4,000 people squeeze into the gardens of the West German Embassy in Prague. The West German Foreign Minister Hans-Dietrich Genscher addresses them: “We’re here today to tell you that today your emigration …” The rest of his words were drowned out by the shouts of joy.That same evening, the first train was to head from Prague for West Germany, albeit via a dangerous detour – through East Germany.

“Bürger’s Long Trip” tells the story of East German refugee Christian Bürger, whose life was changed forever by the time he spent in the embassy and the dramatic train ride. The multi-media project’s release coincides with the docu-drama “Liberty Train”, which will be broadcast on 30 September at 8:15 p.m. on Arte, on 3 October at 6.30 p.m. on ARD, and on 2 November at 8:15 p.m. on MDR.

Christian Bürger, East German Refugee

 Christian Bürger fled to the West German embassy in Prague in June 1989.
He helped the embassy management in organising and registering the refugees.
After arriving in Hof he spent a few years in Dingolfing and worked in catering.
Today, he lives in Chemnitz again.