Axel Mitbauer, the East German Swimmer


As part of the East German national swim team, Axel was frustrated that his sporting achievements were used to improve the reputation of the state.

After meeting the West German swim team at an international event, he asked for help to escape. This is Axel Mitbauer’s story. #Keepfreedomunlocked #🗝️


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Production engineer and certified swim coach. Full-time IT consultant, spare-time swimming aficionado. 2 sons, 2 daughters and a wife. President of the Faroe Islands Swimming Association. Likes to run :-)

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