In Dead Wrong in Gorlitz Park an East German woman tries to escape from East Germany in 1987. She is never seen again. Her family assumes she made it to the west, but when her Stasi (East German Security Forces) file becomes available the record says she was shot and killed by East German border guards and cremated.
Many people tried to escape from East Germany during the time Germany was divided into two countries. The article, “Decades later, stories emerge of another escape route out of East Germany,” by Nicholas Kulish of the New York Times, describes how East Germans attempted to escape through Bulgaria.