Rudolf is devastated.
He’s got less than two weeks left.
We might share the same fait and be sent back home.
To make matters worse: today we commemorate the 17-June 1953 events.
This is different from the bad moods around new year’s eve.
There's is pure anger and hatred today.
The guards might know it.
No boots in the hallway today.
No uniforms between the cells.
Trying to comfort Rudolf.
We’re making plans to meet outside the gate on my release date.
Not much fun but the rest of the night we plan several actions for that day.
13-August, my release date, an anniversary like today’s.
More than a 100 people are reported to have died on 17-June 1953 during the uprising.
Nobody has proof or any documentation but the West is busy broadcasting it every year.
Lest we forget...
And we will get out of here, that’s a promise.
If not this year then the next one or the one after that.
In a development far away from my reckoning the top level Stasi State Headquarters Dept. XX (responsible dept. for 'State Affairs, Culture, Churches, Underground’) decided on that very day, the anniversary of the Uprising of 1953 in East Germany, 17-June, that they won't uphold the reasons to not negotiate my release to West Germany with the West German Minister of Intra-German Relations.