Unit 4 English

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It's about individuals who resisted the East German regime, and others who worked for its secret police (known as 'Stasi').

There's an interesting write-up and summary here:

The Australian Anna Funder was working in television in Berlin in the
mid-1990s when she became interested in the Stasi - the former East
German ministry of state security. 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. She
found them living in the same drab houses in compounds on the
outskirts of Potsdam; the same stained Plattenbauten - or high rise
blocks - in East Berlin; and frequenting the same pubs they did in
their glory days. The only difference was they now had plenty of time
on their hands.

Source: http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2003/jun/07/guardianfirstbookaward2003.biography

Hope that's a good introduction/summary. Feel free to post away if you have other questions about the text.

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