The way I see it, these were eight years that I had won
Wilfried Elsner was born in 1951 in Schneeberg in the Erzgebirge Mountains. He lived through kindergarten, school, military service, university studies and gained first work experiences in the German Democratic Republic (GDR). When working as a teacher in East Berlin, he turned against the regime of the GDR during a signature campaign and was subsequently persecuted in his professional career. In 1981, together with his West German cousin, they tried to cross the border between Hungary and Yugoslavia. However, he was arrested and ended up in a GDR prison. In the beginning of 1982, the Federal Republic of Germany paid for his release from East Germany.