Letters Over The Wall: Life in Communist East Germany

Letters Over The Wall: Life in Communist East Germany

by David F. Strack

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Letters Over The Wall: Life in Communist East Germany by David F. Strack

Four East Germans corresponded for decades with an American teacher, openly sharing about their frustrations, joys, and challenges of living in a communist country.

Author David F. Strack kept those personal letters and has now distilled them into a riveting memoir about what life was like behind the Iron Curtain.

Read about the lives of Gerhard, Jutta, Jürgen, and Barbara in their own words, as they share about their jobs, families, and political opinions. Learn how the fall of the Wall and the reuniting of "Ost und West" affected their lives, bringing wonderful freedoms to all of them, yet also economic disappointment to one.

LETTERS OVER THE WALL is an enthralling memoir, chronicling four lives over a span of forty years, during a time of political upheaval and great societal change.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780692497890
Publisher: B and L Press
Publication date: 08/28/2015
Pages: 246
Sales rank: 833,865
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.52(d)

About the Author

For over 45 years, David F. Strack taught German at both the high school and college level, finishing his career as an adjunct professor of German at the University of Redlands. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in history and German from the University of Redlands and his Master's degree in German from Middlebury College.

As part of his love of the language and culture, David traveled extensively in Europe, including several times to East Germany, the German Democratic Republic. There he became friends with four individuals who were striving to live normal lives in the communist state. For decades these friends exchanged letters with David, sharing their dreams and frustrations. His first book, LETTERS OVER THE WALL, brings you into the personal lives of everyday East Germans.

In addition to leading many student and adult tour groups to Germany and Austria, David also taught English in Germany as a Fulbright Exchange Teacher. He is now retired from teaching and is living in Yucaipa, California. He still corresponds with his friends in Germany, and visits them whenever possible.

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Prstn More than 1 year ago
An insightful account of life in East Germany before, and after, the wall came down in 1989; derived from the correspondence of people living that life. The letters reveal a desire to see other places and people from other nations. They provide insight into daily life and political points of view informed by East German media, West German television, and friends from the U.S. The real and perceived pressures of the threat of war, especially nuclear war, are revealed. I enjoyed reading the correspondents' accounts of events leading to the opening of the wall and its destruction. I still remember where I was the night the wall came down, and the question my dad asked me the next day. As one who actively participated in the Cold War, I had great difficulty imagining Berlin without the wall, or a reunited Germany. I found it informative to read of the life, good and bad, of people that lived in East Berlin and East Germany. To read about people that escaped, only to suffer because of reunification. Finally, David does an outstanding job of capturing what it means to be men and women interested in listening to each other, learning from each other, and sharing our lives with each other. International friendships can transcend ideological boundaries and perceptions and provide invaluable insight. Thanks David for a compelling account that honors the cultural and historical timelines.