Post WW2 Germany: Stasi Berlin with John Owen

Post WW2 Germany: Stasi Berlin with John Owen


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When we think of the GDR (or East Germany) we normally think of a state defined by its secret police, or of shortages and grim architecture. Yet in Germany, there has long been a culture of nostalgia for life in the East (or Ostalgie, in German).

"Very good detail and insight."

This conversation will attempt to look at the GDR in the round - not to diminish its dictatorial side but instead to build a picture of a society which no longer exists. A society in which some citizens lived very contended lives, but others were brutally punished for deviating from the state's image of the perfect society.

We will look at a range of cultural depictions of this society and personal anecdotes from people John knows to build up a layered image of life in the GDR. Above all, this will be a talk which looks at nuance in history and attempts to build a fair picture of a complex society.

"He clearly loves his subject and makes it accessible!"

This conversation is suitable for all ages.

90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.

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Consistently anywhere from very good to outstanding.

J
J.

Knowledgeable presenters who generally Present lively and interesting information.

B
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Excellent presentation

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s.

Not as good as an on-site experience, but the next best thing.

K
K.

I've already signed up for more conversations, and have recommended these to my friends.