The Cold War on Ice

Coming of Age in East Germany

Twenty-one years after German reunification, Communist East Germany—or the German Democratic Republic, as it officially and inaccurately called itself—has receded like a bad dream. Many university students in Eastern Germany today weren’t even born when the Wall fell, and for them, life in the GDR is evoked mostly through period-piece movies, such as The Lives of Others, and in such curious expressions of ...

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About the Author

John Rodden is the author of The Politics of Literary Reputation: The Making and Claiming of 'St. George' Orwell and other books. He teaches at the University of Texas.