Ines Geipel

Generation Mauer. Ein Porträt

© Klett-Cotta Verlag, Stuttgart, 2014Ines Geipel: Generation Mauer. Ein Porträt © Klett-Cotta Verlag, Stuttgart, 2014In her new book, Ines Geipel deals with the subject of East Germans born after the Berlin Wall was built in 1961, that is to say, the book is about the group who had a “complete biography” before 1989. (…) And it is about those who later, after the political turnaround and reunification, were still young enough to plan their lives afresh in an entirely different way because the context of the German Democratic Republic had collapsed. The year 1989 acts as a kind of hinge, centre, caesura and pivotal point in the book. Ines Geipel fills it all with personal stories, curricula vitae, workshop reports on the states of consciousness in the GDR biographies of those portrayed and their subsequent West German biographies. (...) All in all, this book is impressive for its attempt to explain to West Germans where the East Germans were coming from when they joined the common state 25 years ago. According to Ines Geipel, it involved the Socialist Unity Party asserting freedom in socialism, while at the same time citizens’ decisions were being taken for them by that very party, and it involved the lie that individuals mattered, while at the same time, their individual interests were being disregarded. Thinking about such questions, not only on the basis of the demise of real socialism, is one of the messages of this book that are worth considering.

Salli Sallmann: „Generation Mauer. Ein Porträt“
© Kulturradio vom rbb, 20 February 2014

Ines Geipel
Generation Mauer. Ein Porträt
Klett-Cotta Verlag, Stuttgart, 2014
ISBN 978-3-608-94749-6
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