The Walls That Remain: Eastern and Western Germans Since Reunification

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The Walls That Remain explores the trauma of German reunification in 1990 as it affected ordinary Eastern and Western Germans. Told mainly in their own words, this book features the voices of those Germans who have suffered as well as profited from the transformations in German society since the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989 and Germany’s reunification in October 1990.
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Overview

The Walls That Remain explores the trauma of German reunification in 1990 as it affected ordinary Eastern and Western Germans. Told mainly in their own words, this book features the voices of those Germans who have suffered as well as profited from the transformations in German society since the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989 and Germany’s reunification in October 1990.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781594513794
  • Publisher: Paradigm Publishers
  • Publication date: 2/28/2007
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 9.02 (h) x 1.05 (d)

Meet the Author

John Rodden, is the author of George Orwell: The Politics of Literary Reputation, Scenes from an Afterlife: The Legacy of George Orwell, and co-editor, with Thomas Cushman, of George Orwell: Into the Twenty-First Century.
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Table of Contents

List of Abbreviations     ix
Acknowledgments     xi
Prologue: Division Day, or Barbed-Wire Sunday ... and After     xiii
Introduction: The New Germanies: West-Side Stories, East-Side Stories     1
Berlin, West and East
In the Shadow of the Holocaust     15
Border-Crossing After Checkpoint Charlie     16
Return of the Pink Rabbit?     28
"I Consider Myself Both Jewish and German"     35
Hebrew Cultural Studies for First Graders     43
Political Correctness with a German Face     49
Horror Tales from the "Land of Reading"     55
Of Pigs and Poison Shelves     55
Germany, East and West
Leipzig: The God That Failed     75
Plauen/Leipzig: Marks uber Marx     87
School Daze in the East     88
Red Profs, Pink Slips     97
Tubingen: The Great Red Hope?     101
Weimar: Class(room) Conflict     109
O Buchenwald!     119
Escape from the Den of Wolves     120
Liberation from Lies     126
"Here There Is No 'Why'"     135
Postscript 2007     144
Rocken/Weimar: Resurrection of the Antichrist?     147
Zarathustra's Clan     148
Pursuing Truth with a Young Philosopher     159
Staufen in Breisgau: Recalling the "Hitler Olympics"     171
The "Munich Massacre" at 30     185
Kassel: Of War Crimes and Contrition     191
Photo Section     Unnumbered
Through American Eyes, From Afar
Soul Murder in the Grass     203
Germany's Not-So-Little Black Book     219
Power, Forgiveness, and Schindler's List     243
The German Banana Republic, R.I.P?     249
Epilogue: (Dis)Unity Day? The Promises and Perils of October 3     261
Glossary     269
Index     273
About the Author     286

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