John Fiehn, 76, who covered the Berlin Wall crisis during...


March 18, 1996

John Fiehn, 76, who covered the Berlin Wall crisis during more than 30 years as an Associated Press and AP-Dow Jones reporter, died last Monday in Frankfurt, Germany, after suffering a heart attack in January. On Aug. 13, 1961, Mr. Fiehn saw the East Germans start stringing barbed wire across the city the start of the Berlin Wall. He paid a woman at a kiosk in West Berlin to keep her telephone line open so he could dictate the breaking story and saw a uniformed East German soldier jump across the wire with his weapon, escaping to West Berlin. The story matched a famous AP photograph.

Wolfgang Koeppen, 89, a German author who earned critical acclaim with three novels in the 1950s, died Friday in Munich, Germany, after a long illness. Between 1951 and 1954 he published "Doves in the Grass," "The Greenhouse," and "Death in Rome," all of which dealt with Germany's post-war reconstruction and Nazi legacy.

Julius A. Shaw, 72, who lost the use of his legs to polio when he was 8 weeks old and spent most of his adult life championing the rights of the disabled, died March 6 at St. Vincent's Hospital in Manhattan.

Pub Date: 3/18/96

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