Published on Sat 7 Jun She wanted to know if East Germans had been capable of individual acts of resistance but the notion was brusquely dismissed by her West German colleagues: "Ossis" were not brave, but craven - and stupid to put up with the regime. Funder decided to find out for herself. By placing an advertisement in a newspaper she arranged meetings with a number of old Stasi-men, including the noble renegade Karl-Eduard von Schnitzler, who once hosted a notorious television programmerunning down the west.
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Dont try to provoke me, youll fail miserably. Someone has thrown him a roll of bandages, but he lies immobile and bleeding. This book doesnt need many words. It is not fiction, it is a horrible nightmare that lasted too long.
That should have never been created in the first place. Hang on to power at all costs! Without it, you are nothing! Did they send them up the line for approval?
Her chronicle of the events leading to the fall of the Wall is shuttering, so vivid it makes your heart pound loudly. We think we know all there is to know about the GDR experiment and the Stasi but we may be deceived. The tyranny that denies your loved one a proper burial after having murdered him. You are seeking work! The Eastern Bloc. In the dark, this could be any city, in any normal place. She creates a background painted in grey colours, a scenery that is strangely beautiful and darkly fascinating in its bleakness.
The chapters are rich in beautiful descriptions of Berlin during the night, worthy of the unique, atmospheric capital, a metropolis that has always attracted me since I was old enough to wanderlust and understand. We join her in Potsdam. She talks about the Herculean task of the ones responsible for recreating the shredded Stasi files.
About doping, constant surveillance, the propaganda against the West, the disappearing citizens. She gives voice to people who want to forget and to others who want everyone to remember. Miriam, Julia, Frau Paul. Brave women who were victims of a tyrannical force… I cannot stress enough how much this book touched my soul. It is written in a language that may remind you of an exquisite literary work but it is not.
It is a chronicle, a memoir of the finest kind. And now, allow me a brief rant because I am done with the stupidity of certain people in the universe. Have they even paid attention? What did they expect, I wonder? A eulogy? A hymn to one of the most horrible human creations? To Communism and Fascism? Because the two are two sides of the same coin.
Well, as I always say there is an idiot in every corner, even in Goodreads. Pay no attention to the lovers of a twisted past. Or that you go, fettered, into your future?
The spy's the limit
Chapter 1 Anna Funder, the author and narrator, travels to Berlin from Australia in For decades, the Stasi, headed by Erich Mielke, conducted surveillance on a staggering number of East German citizens, and sponsored a vast network of informants. Funder speaks with a woman named Miriam Weber, who tried and failed to sneak out of East Germany when she was still a teenager. Like so many East Germans who tried to escape, Miriam was sentenced to jail time.
Stasiland: Stories from Behind the Berlin Wall
Dont try to provoke me, youll fail miserably. Someone has thrown him a roll of bandages, but he lies immobile and bleeding. This book doesnt need many words. It is not fiction, it is a horrible nightmare that lasted too long. That should have never been created in the first place. Hang on to power at all costs! Without it, you are nothing!