Pictures That Speak Volumes #32

Saving a Child

The photograph was taken the day the emerging Wall was put up in August 1961 and the boy was found on the opposite side of the wall from his family. Despite given orders by the East German government to let no one pass, the soldier helped the boy through the barbwire. Near the exact time this photo was taken, it was said that the soldier was seen by his superior officer who immediately detached the soldier from his unit.

Concerning the fate of the soldier, most descriptions that come with photograph say that “no one knows what became of him.”


  1. Very sad. The inhumanities that can happen to a life under a totalitarianist regime.

    I recently photographed a man who defected from Communist Slovakia with his friend by crossing through the Czech Republic and East Germany. I have his story of how they were shot at by East German border guards as they crossed in the night.


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