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1970 drowning catalogued as 138th Berlin Wall death.

! Berlin, Muharram 12, 1435, Nov 15, 2013, SPA -- The death toll connected to the Berlin Wall, the Cold War barrier erected against escapes to the democratic West, will have to be revised after previously overlooked files documented the drowning in 1970 of a man in a Berlin river, according to dpa.

Hans-Joachim Zock, 30, evaded barriers manned by armed guards and dogs but drowned as he tried to swim across the Spree River on November 14, 1970. East Germany, which faced international opprobrium every time it shot an escaper, had kept his death a secret.

Jan Kostka of the Free University of Berlin's research institute on East German communism said Friday that the case was documented in a 90-page dossier previously overlooked in archives. Zock's death, which had gone unnoticed in West Germany at the time, raises the documented toll in Berlin to 138.

-- SPA 18:52 LOCAL TIME 15:52 GMT

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