1st Edition

Voices in a Revolution The Collapse of East German Communism

By Melvin J. Lasky Copyright 1992
    126 Pages
    by Routledge

    126 Pages
    by Routledge

    Afeatured article in Die Zeit, the leading German weekly, begins with "Melvin, du hast gewonnen"--Mel, you have won! In his extraordinary account of the final days of the German Democratic Republic (DDR) we see the reckoning of a regime, and also the vindication of a life-long devotee of European democracy. It is unlikely that any comparable memoir will be written, since Lasky's career spanned the entire history of wartime and postwar Germany, especially in divided and Wall-torn Berlin.Voices in a Revolution, now in paperback, offers an in-depth portrayal of the Communist police state before the breakdown, followed by a blow-by-blow account of the drama of breakdown and regime transformation. Characters in the everyday cultural world of Germany come alive as harbingers and heralds of the end of the old and the necessity of the new.Lasky understands the role of accident as well as of necessity. The West Germans had all but abandoned the slogan of One People, One Nation when they were faced with the immense task of supervising just such a reintegration. The work ends with the awakening conscience at the very point that the Berlin Wall came tumbling down. This is a memorable work--one likely to sear the conscience of lovers of freedom and analysts of tyranny alike.

    1: Before the Breakdown; 2: Inside the Police State; 3: The Ornithology of Revolution; 4: Reiner Kunze & the Unlovely Years; 5: Wolf Biermann & His Guitar; 6: An Anatomy of a Wayward Intelligentsia; 7: A Lost Nation?; 8: G├╝inter Grass & a Hollow Tin Drum; 9: Janka, or Difficulties with the Truth; 10: Coda

    Biography

    Melvin J. Lasky