Frieda Schulze had lived at Bernauer Strasse 29 since the end of the war. In late August, just after the Wall was built, she was forced to move from her ground-floor apartment into an apartment on the first floor. The 77-year old
widow fled when the large scale building evacuations began on September 24, 1961. The firemen spread out a rescue net beneath the window. Frieda Schulze first threw her cat down, along with a few small possessions. She climbed onto the window sill but was too scared to jump. West Berlin teenagers climbed up the facade and tried to help her. In the meantime, East Berlin policemen had broken into the apartment and were trying to pull her back inside. They also threw teargas grenades at the West Berlin firemen. Frieda Schulze finally fell into the rescue net.