Can OfficerChris or Horror or someone else interpret the writings? Just got it for Christmas from an old time German cop. I know it involves East Germany but I don't know the purpose of the medal. I tried a couple of those translation apps but it returned gibberish. I seem to remember this image of the East German border guard jumping over the fence to escape to West Germany during the construction of the Berlin Wall/Cold War featured in Life Magazine or one of those magazines from the 1960s.