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Bild Says West German Died after Harassment by East Germans

January 1, 1987

HAMBURG, West Germany (AP) _ A West German man on a private trip to East Germany suffered a fatal heart attack moments after being harassed by Communist guards at the border, Bild newspaper reported.

The newspaper said Wednesday that Rolf Telling, 57, collapsed and died Monday evening as he drove into Communist East Germany from a border post where the guards had searched his car.

The guards ordered Telling to empty the entire car and even dismantle the ash tray, the newspaper quoted Telling’s wife and daughter as saying.

They were quoted as saying that Telling already had a heart ailment and was ″very pale, very upset″ by the search. He collapsed about 325 feet from the checkpoint, the paper said.

Telling and his family were driving to Karl Marx Stadt, a city in southeast East Germany, for a New Year’s celebration with relatives when the incident occurred at the Wartha checkpoint near Eisenach, East Germany, Bild said.

East Germany’s state-run news agency, ADN, reported the man’s death Tuesday, but did not mention any incident at the border.

ADN identified the man as Rolf Pelling, 57, and said he died of a heart attack shortly after entering East Germany. It said he died at the scene despite medical help.

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