Four Songs for Peter Fechter

by Medard Fischer

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Four pieces inspired by the events surrounding Peter Fechter's death and triumph over the misery of his final moments. To honour his desire for freedom and a better life, net proceeds of EP sales will be donated to the UN Refugee Agency.

About Peter Fechter:

On August 17, 1962, Peter Fechter, an eighteen year-old East German bricklayer, became one of the first and youngest fatalities of the border patrols along the Berlin Wall.

Fechter and a friend ran the wall near Checkpoint Charlie in the Kreuzberg district of central Berlin. Fechter was shot in the pelvis by an East German border guard during his attempt to scale the wall and fell back into the "death-strip" on the eastern side. He lay in agony in full view of western onlookers, and of border guards on each side of the wall. Despite his pleas, he was refused medical attention, and western bystanders were prevented at gunpoint from assisting him. He died of blood loss approximately an hour later.

The senselessness of his death and the refusal of both East and West German border guards to render him aid was a flashpoint for anger in Berlin over division of the city and construction of the wall and led to the eruption of spontaneous demonstrations in the city.

Songs and artwork by Medard Fischer.


released April 8, 2014



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Medard Fischer also records Arc Lab, Tyyson and as one half of Down Review (with Tim Arndt).

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