Preface Glossary Introduction 1: Petra ~ Shaping the Change 2: Carola ~ Seeing the Contradictions 3: Lisa ~ Accepting the Circumstances 4: Mario ~ Feeling the Regime's Wrath 5: Katharina ~ Believing in God under Pressure 6: Robert ~ Supporting the Idea of Socialism 7: Mirko ~ Rejecting the Party Line 8: Peggy ~ Feeling Safe and Secure 9: Interpreting the End of East Germany Bibliography Index
Hester Vaizey is a University Lecturer in Modern German History and a Fellow of Clare College, Cambridge. Her first book, Surviving Hitler's War: Family Life in Germany 1939-1948, was shortlisted for the Women's History Network Prize and won the Fraenkel Prize for Contemporary History.
`She has delivered a fascinating glimpse into the lives of others.' Daily Mail `Hester Vaizey's is the sort of scholarship I relish: detailed, plentiful new material to satisfy historians and sociologists, but respectful too of a more general readership.' Rebecca K Morrison, Independent `Above all, her honesty, both regarding her methodology and her reactions to the interviewees' stories, is refreshing.' The Writer's Drawer `A carefully-researched exploration of a disappeared society and the complexities of transition from one set of social and economic expectations to another. This is a thorough and sympathetic account of Germany's Unification generation.' Anne McElvoy, The Economist, and author of The Saddled Cow: East Germany's Life and Legacy `Born in the GDR is a helpful contribution to an understanding of the complexities of life then and its consequences now.' Ulrike Zitzlsperger, Times Higher Education