Praise for the original German edition: "A wonderful book. -- Uwe Wessel, "Zeit Online" Praise for the original German edition: "Brilliant... It's astonishing what [Markovits] unearthed... The history of East German law will never be written in a more readable or deeply likeable way ... or with such freshness and proximity to the subject. -- Michael Stolleis, "Frankfurter Allgemeine" This is a marvelous book. It is beautifully written--Markovits has a wonderful, elegant, moving style; and the whole enterprise is informed by a passion for understanding, a gift for generalization, and a deep knowledge of the society and its people. It is a delight to read. There is nothing quite like this book in the literature. -- Lawrence M. Friedman, Stanford Law School Justice in Luritz provides a fascinating perspective on everyday life in East Germany--its petty squabbles, its dictatorial character, and its citizens' efforts to carve out a space for themselves. Engagingly written and discerning, this is a major accomplishment. -- Konrad H. Jarausch, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Acknowledgments ix CHAPTER 1: The Files 1 CHAPTER 2: The Beginning 8 CHAPTER 3: People 16 CHAPTER 4: Property 26 CHAPTER 5: Work 42 CHAPTER 6: Families 69 CHAPTER 7: Punishments 92 CHAPTER 8: The Party 141 CHAPTER 9: Hopes and Lies 182 CHAPTER 10: The End 219 Notes 243
Inga Markovits holds the "Friends of Jamail" Regents Chair in Law at the University of Texas, Austin. She is the author of "Imperfect Justice: An East-West German Diary".
Co-Winner of the 2011 James Willard Hurst Prize for Sociolegal History, Law and Society Association