Selma P. and her son Peter W. had lived on the third floor of Bernauer Strasse 35 since the end of the war. They began to think about leaving East Germany after the Wall was erected. They informed relatives in the West that they were planning to flee on the night before September 22. Peter W. barricaded the door of the apartment. Then they waited for the firemen, who arrived at 2:30 in the morning. After throwing their possessions out the window, Selma P. jumped into the rescue net and injured her lower back. Neighbors who had observed the escape alerted the nearby border guards. But before they were able to break into the apartment, Peter W. jumped, injuring himself only slightly.