My persistence secured my survival.
Luise Justen was born on the 16th of May 1944 in Eberswalde near Berlin. Being born directly into the German postwar period and raised as a fosterchild by an abusive family, her childhood was formed by deprivation and violence. Therefore the wish to flee to her mother developed at quite an early stage and her escape-plans were supported by a preacher. After three years of planning the now sixteen year old Luise managed to flee on the 22nd of December 1958 via Berlin-Friedrichstraße by train. She fled to Erden and lived with her mother, worked as a housekeeper, and married Felix Justen, a friend of her mother’s. Luise delivered three children before deciding to flee once again from her abusive step-father, divorced her husband and moved with her children to Wiesbaden-Medenbach, where she still lives.