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Suddenly everything was gone. East Germany disappeared, swallowed up by the West, and in its place was everything Jana and her friends had coveted for so long: designer clothes, pop CDs, Hollywood movies, supermarkets, magazines. They snapped up every possible Western product and mannerism. They changed the way they talked, the way they walked, what they read, where they went. They cut off from their parents. They took English lessons, and opened bank accounts. Fifteen years later, they all have the right haircuts and drive the right cars, but who are they? Where are they going?
In After the Wall, Jana Hensel tells the story of her confused generation of East Germans, who were forced to abandon their past and feel their way through a foreign landscape to an uncertain future. Now as they look back, they wonder whether the oppressive, yet comforting life of their childhood wasn't so bad after all.
Posted February 16, 2011
A very good, easy, read from a "regular" person who was just 13 at the time of the fall of the wall. It is a first person account that is captivating. She is neither scholar nor politician. She does not pontificate but just tells her story as it was. It is a very different and enlightening perspective on a most intriuging part of history.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.