Memorial cross for Willi Block in the Finkenkr├╝ger Weg

The story of Willi Block was a tragic one. He was a former border guard who escaped twice to the West, returned to get his wife and another time to prevent her divorcing him. His conflicts with the system of justice in the East, as well as the West, were endless and he began drinking heavily. He was apparently drunk on the day he attempted his final escape and was literally executed as he lay on the ground entangled in barbed wire, unable to move. The Finkenkr├╝ger Weg is an interesting example of, on one side, older houses that faced the Wall for nearly 30 years and newly built family houses on the former East side.