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Return to the German Democratic Republic

I have a fascination for the old German Democratic Republic, a weird retro itch, a hankering for the edginess of times gone. I first set foot in this bizarrely timeless statelette as it was in its death throws, its regime clinging to power with supreme efforts of denial. 215 more words

Andrew Reid Wildman

The Lives of Others (2006) German title: Das Leben der Anderen


Director: Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck

Screenplay: Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck

Captain Gerd Wiesler’s service was called upon by the Stasi due to his experience in investigative surveillance.

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Days of Eclipse

Watching the opening/credit sequence of a film can tell you a lot about what may follow. 1,009 more words


The meaning of debauchery

Last week, one of you commented asking me to elaborate on the term “debauchery”, which I used in a previous post (http://pujaguha.wordpress.com/2014/08/12/each-of-us-can-have-multiple-lives-if-we-choose/). I’ve been struggling intermittently today, trying to think about what I would say about this. 641 more words

Straight Ahead to Karma: A Tale of the Cold War

German has a word for someone who exhibits this sort of behavior: Arschloch.

Mea culpa, I plead guilty to the symptoms of this malaise more than once in my life, but the one instance that sticks out most in memory is in the spring of 1969 on a trip to Berlin. 1,241 more words


Inside Berlin's secret Stasi prison

The former Stasi prison stands in the middle of a residential neighbourhood in East Berlin. Surrounded by tall concrete apartment buildings and pretty houses, it’s hard to find if you’re not looking for it. 951 more words