Along the Wall and Watchtower

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Pub. Date: 2000-08-01
Publisher(s): Harpercollins Pub Ltd
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Marking the tenth anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, this is a revealing portrait of the reunified Germany told in the form of an entertaining travelogue an 800-mile journey along the former Iron Curtain from the Baltic Sea to the Czech border. When the Iron Curtain dissolved ten years ago, the faultline that divided West and East Germany also collapsed. But could the so-called 'death strip' be erased as easily as a pencil-mark on the map? In his encounters with former border guards, ex-Stasi members turned insurance salesmen, decollectivized farmers, innkeepers, nudists, car mechanics, foresters and artists, the author reveals with a delightful lightness of touch the hopes, fears and regrets of both 'Wessis' and 'Ossis', and listens to the anxieties of those who feel 'colonized' by the West. He observes new nature reserves in the old borderlands; visits the unique village republic where for 22 years the inhabitants lived enclosed between two fences; watches the rebuilding of the Bismarck family castle; attends an international gathering of Trabant-owners; explores museums devoted to documenting former life along the border; travels across the dark and sinister Harz mountains which once harboured an underground Nazi concentration camp; and ends his journey in Hof, where minefields have been transformed into golf courses.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements viii
Prologue: At the Checkpoint 1(6)
On the Beach
By the Lakes
Across the Forest
Over Fields
Through the History Books
Beyond Concrete and Steel
Down a Meadow
Through a Tree
In the Valley
Around Moors
Along the Fairway
All Along the Wall

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