Stasiland by Anna Funder is a book about individuals who resisted the East German regime, and others who worked for its secret police, the Stasi. Funder’s Stasiland tells stories of people who heroically resisted the communist dictatorship of East Germany, and of people who. Stasiland: Stories from Behind the Berlin Wall [Anna Funder] on * FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. “Stasiland demonstrates that great.

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Without it, you are nothing! Perhaps it is because I come from a research background that I would have liked a bit more information funxer how she collected her data, simply because she reproduces entire conversations she had with some of the people she met. She cannot stick to fixed times and schedules, not if before every move had been scrupulously followed.

The narrator, Annq Fairman, was excellent, although all the men had the same voice and the women another.

Stasiland : Stories From Behind The Berlin Wall

Funder shows that the Stasi-men like Koch were also victims in their way. Including a visit to the elderly Karl-Eduard von Schnitzler, who once hosted a notorious television programme slamming those living free in the west.

Chris Mitchell of Spike Magazine called it “an essential insight into the totalitarian regime”. After he was put on trial and served a few years of a token sentence.

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She interviews victims as well as those anan were in authority at the time. That is a bold claim to make and there’s no real backing up. This needs to be understood; a few subjective statements can be tolerated to achieve the larger goal of illuminating how life was behind the Wall.


I just wanted Mozart chocolate, dammit.

Too much she goes back to this. Not all of them are East Germans what they’ll do kinda kills me. Dispatched from the UK in 3 business days When will my order arrive? Staislandpages. Stasilandd methods of gaining information out of those who were accused of going against the GDR was truly shocking. The basics of state control were expanded to previously unimaginable heights with the Stasi’s network of informants and secret police.

I wish she had gone on to write more about life in East Germany. I thought staskland would be an insider’s look into the seedy, corrupt, disgusting practices of the East German secret police.

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Julia misses the DDR because she would not have been raped because that sort of thing didn’t happen really? And Anha think because Stasiland is a personal book and it never seeks to be objective in the sense a history book might aim to be, Anna Funder is in a position to take sides and becomes involved in people’s lives, like Miriam’s that was a “nice” story.

My dog steals all my underwear. An account that stands out as being quite factual was that if Hagen Koch, the Stasi member who drew the borderline for the Mauer. And she finds spies and Stasi men, still loyal to the Firm as they wait for the funer revolution.

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View all 14 comments. But then the westies came in with money and bought shit up.


The last cannot be scientifically proven, but is nevertheless important to tackle. This page was last edited on 15 Marchat In the German Democratic Republic, it sometimes seemed as if everyone was an informer. The reality was in fact far more complex and layered and contradictory than Ms Funder describes but I enjoyed the book as it showed a genuine attempt to understand and occasionally make personal judgements about the effect that society had on some of its people.

This was a regime ruled by dour old men – Marxisten-Senilisten. Stasiland has been published in twenty countries and translated into a seventeen languages; it is on school and university reading lists around the world.

Wikimedia Commons stasilznd media related to Anna Funder. Here follow some examples of subjective analyses: And one of the most heart felt accounts was of Frau Paul, a woman who’s baby lies in a West Berlin hospital, now out of reach because of the blasted wall going up.

This book works well as a personal and very subjective account of a process of trying to learn about something that no longer exists. There’s talk about how the East never dealt with Hitler and pinned all the Stxsiland blame on the West.