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Datebook: August 22 – Ida Siekmann becomes first casualty of Berlin Wall 50 years ago

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Polish-born Ida Siekmann had moved to Berlin and lived at 48 Bernauer Strasse in the center of Berlin. Immediately after the border between East and West Berlin was closed and 50 households at the Bernauer Strasse fled to the West. East German border troops were ordered to brick up the entrances and windows on the groundfloor of the houses on the southern side of the street. In the early morning of August 22, Siekmann, living on the third floor, jumped out of her window in an effort to flee, before firefighters were able to open the jumping-sheet. She died shortly after, thus becoming the first casualty at the Berlin wall.

It’s Monday, August 22

This weekend brings the Hot August Blues Festival to Kenlake State Resort Park in Aurora. Music starts at 6 p.m. Friday – tickets at the gate are $15. Saturday music cranks up at 2 p.m. – tickets are $20 at the gate. The Alonzo Pennington Band presents a tribute to Stevie Ray Vaughn at 6:30 Saturday night – and the headliner is Delta Moon. See

Paducah’s Markethouse Theatre auditions for Charlotte’s Web tonight and tomorrow night at 5 at the Studio Threatre Classroom. Shows are October 13 – 23. The cast includes children, teens and adults. No previous theatre experience necessary. April Cochran directs. For more call the box office between noon and 5 Tuesday through Friday at 270-444-6828.

The Pennyrile Regional Citizen Corps Council meets Wednesday from 11 to 1 at the Pennyrile ADD offices, 300 Hammond Drive in Hopkinsville. The meeting is a prep for National Preparedness Month in September. See for more.

Remember Maya Angelou speaks at Murray State’s CFSB Center Wednesday at 8. See details at


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