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After the Wall: Confessions from an East German Childhood and the Life That Came Next
     

After the Wall: Confessions from an East German Childhood and the Life That Came Next

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by Jana Hensel, Jefferson Chase
 

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ISBN-10: 1586485598

ISBN-13: 9781586485597

Pub. Date: 03/04/2008

Publisher: PublicAffairs


Jana Hensel was thirteen on November 9, 1989, the night the Berlin Wall fell. In all the euphoria over German reunification, no one stopped to think what it would mean for Jana and her generation of East Germans. These were the kids of the seventies, who had grown up in the shadow of Communism with all its hokey comforts: the Young Pioneer youth groups, the

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Jana Hensel was thirteen on November 9, 1989, the night the Berlin Wall fell. In all the euphoria over German reunification, no one stopped to think what it would mean for Jana and her generation of East Germans. These were the kids of the seventies, who had grown up in the shadow of Communism with all its hokey comforts: the Young Pioneer youth groups, the cheerful Communist propaganda, and the comforting knowledge that they lived in a Germany unblemished by an ugly Nazi past and a callous capitalist future.

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.

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ISBN-13:
9781586485597
Publisher:
PublicAffairs
Publication date:
03/04/2008
Edition description:
Translatio
Pages:
192
Sales rank:
511,260
Product dimensions:
5.10(w) x 7.50(h) x 0.50(d)

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After the Wall: Confessions from an East German Childhood and the Life That Came Next 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
pno More than 1 year ago
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.