How many people tried to escape the Berlin wall?
Hundreds of attempts were made to escape over,through or under the wall. It is unknown how many of them were actually successful, particularly through the efforts of the underground movement that helped to facilitate escape. Many ended in failure, and often death. There were, in fact, 192 recorded deaths of people who were killed or died attempting to escape over or through the Berlin Wall between the day it went up, on 13 August 1961 and when the gates were opened for the first time, on 9 November 1989. Over 200 were injured by being shot by the guards.