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Kristina Berster Papers

 Collection
Identifier: mss-002

Scope and Content Note

The Kristina Berster Collection consists of one box, which contains case records and proceedings, correspondence and mailings produced by the Kristina Berster Defense Committee, articles on case related topics, news clippings, photographs, a sketchbook, and a few letters by Kristina Berster. The collection was acquired from a former member of the Kristina Berster Defense Committee. This committee was formed to aid Berster’s Defense by providing paralegal aid, to raise awareness of her case, to raise funds to aid in her defense, and to support her application for asylum.

Dates

  • 1978-1979

Creator

Access

Collection is open for research.

Publication Rights

All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Curator of Manuscripts.

Biographical Note

Kristina Berster was born in West Germany in 1950(?). She studied Psychology at the University of Heidelberg in 1970. In 1971, she was arrested for associating with known terrorists and held for six months. A trial date for this charge was set for March, 1973. Kristina Berster left W. Germany in self-imposed exile and, from 1973-1978, she moved around Europe and then worked with the Red Cross in South Yemen. She traveled to Quebec, Canada, from where she crossed the border into Vermont in the spring of 1978.

July 16, 1978, Kristina Berster was arrested in Alburg, VT, and charged with illegal entry into the U.S. The trial was set for October 3, 1978, in Burlington, VT. February 7, 1979, Judge Albert Coffrin sentenced her to serve nine months in prison; however, she had only sixteen days left to serve in that sentence.

W. Germany requested the extradition of Kristina Berster, who applied to the U.S. State Department for political asylum, and the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service began deportation proceedings. Berster was moved to New York City to wait for the decision of her asylum/deportation hearings and her request for release on bail was denied. W. Germany then dropped their extradition request and offered Berster leniency if she returned voluntarily. Kristina Berster returned to W. Germany on October 31, 1979, where she was released with the condition that she report periodically to authorities.

Extent

1.0 Linear feet (One carton)

Overview

The Kristina Berster Collection consists of one box, which contains case records and proceedings, correspondence and mailings produced by the Kristina Berster Defense Committee, articles on case related topics, news clippings, photographs, a sketchbook, and a few letters by Kristina Berster.

Physical Location

Library Research Annex; contact uvmsc@uvm.edu for access.
Title
Guide to the Kristina Berster Papers mss.002
Status
Completed
Author
Finding aid prepared by Finding aid prepared by Travis Puller
Date
2006
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English

Repository Details

Part of the University of Vermont Libraries, Special Collections Repository

Contact:
Silver Special Collections Library
48 University Place, Room B201
Burlington Vermont 05405 U.S.A. US
(802) 656-2138
(802) 656-4038 (Fax)