Dirk Schlegel and Falko Götz: The East Berlin footballers who fled from a Stasi


Götz (left) and Schlegel (right) graphic in 1984 – a year after what Schlegel calls their “great adventure”

Dirk Schlegel and Falko Götz had been friends for years by a time they motionless to risk everything.

They had grown adult together, dual football-obsessed kids from a same side of a divided Berlin. They lived tighten to a wall that had tangible their city given it was built in 1961. Their universe as children was divided into good and bad, west and east, entrepreneur imperialism and comrade utopia. They both knew not to discuss a western TV they personally watched during home.

Schlegel and Götz rose by a same Dynamo Berlin girl teams. They were partial of a sporting organization embraced firmly by a Stasi – East Germany’s heartless and invasive tip police. Erich Mielke, a barbarous Stasi leader, was Dynamo’s titular president.

The dual players had something else in common. In a eyes of a state, conjunction could be entirely be trusted.

“We both had problems with a authorities and with Dynamo given a story was a same,” Schlegel says.

“He had family in West Germany and we had an aunt in England. That kind of thing was not good for a future. There was suspicion. But it was improved for a friendship.”

Götz finished his comparison opening for Dynamo in 1979, during a age of 17. Schlegel finished his dual years later, aged 20.

The dual friends pennyless into their country’s strongest team, notwithstanding formidable years in a girl academy. They contend they were mostly designedly overlooked, and their relatives were told it would not be scold politically to see them rewarded – not with their background.

But their talent was unfit to ignore. As they developed, both players also began to seem for East Germany’s inhabitant girl teams. As athletes, they were partial of a unequivocally name series of adults who trafficked abroad – always underneath tighten scrutiny.

The Stasi monitored any aspect of East German daily life, entertainment comprehension by a network of informers – and informers who sensitive on a informers. Some estimates advise it employed one in any 63 people.