BMW shot a short film about the escape from East BerlinOctober 3, 2019
BMW made a new short film called The Small Escape – “The Little Escape.” The picture tells the real story of the times of the Berlin Wall, when nine people were transported from the GDR to the Federal Republic of Germany with the Isetta minicar.
The events of The Little Escape take place in 1964, six years after Klaus-Gunther Jacobi left East Berlin with his family. At the same time, the main character had many friends on the other side of the border, one of whom asked him to help him escape to Germany.
Jacobi decided to use the small Isetta car developed by BMW to escape. He reasoned that this car should not arouse suspicion among the border guards, since even the manufacturer himself noted that the car was “cramped even for two people.”
In order to shelter his friend Manfred Coster, Jacobi pulled out an air filter, a spare tire, a heater and some other components from Isetta so that there was enough free space behind the engine compartment.
After all the necessary modifications were completed, Jacobi arrived in East Berlin, where he picked up Coster. Shortly after midnight on May 23, 1964, two friends successfully crossed the border and arrived in West Berlin. This news quickly spread to Germany, and with the help of specially equipped Isett, eight more successful shoots were made.
As for the Jacobi car, it became part of the exposition of the Berlin Wall Museum, where Klaus-Gunter, 79, himself works as a tour guide.
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