Goodbye my friends, you’ll never see me again!
Lothar Szielasko was born on September 10, 1935. He spent the first years of his life in what was then East Prussia. His paternal grandparents owned a farm there which the family left in the beginning of 1945. Fearing the invasion of the Russian troops, the family decides to flee to safety in the West. Lothar Szielasko, his mother and his sister made a journey all the way to Berlin, where Lothar first completed his elementary school education and then began an apprenticeship in the Funkwerk Köpenick in the Soviet sector of the city. Upon the completion of his apprenticeship, he studied at an Engineering School in Mittweida in Saxony. In the course of his studies he helped one of his fellow students to flee to the West. These and other experiences related to the phenomenon of the inner German border shaped the period of his studies. After graduating, he stayed and lived in Berlin and helped another friend to leave to East Germany by train. In the early 1960s, Lothar Szielasko himself decides to flee to the West and is shortly afterwards joined in West Germany by his mother and sister. At first, he worked at a company in Cologne but later left in favor of a job at the television company Fernseh GmbH in Darmstadt. His professional career later led him to Mainz, where he got a job at the German broadcaster Zweiter Deutscher Rundfunk and settled down with his own family. Today, Lothar Szielasko often visits the home of his childhood, now located in Poland, and the farm of his grandparents.