"I Want My File!"

Betts, Paul
October 2009
History Today;Oct2009, Vol. 59 Issue 10, p34
The article discusses the effect of the reunification of Germany following the fall of communism in the Soviet Union. Predictions by sociologist Richard L. Merritt which suggested Germans would face cultural difficulties in building a unified community following reunification are noted. The author comments on cultural separatism and nostalgia for socialism among East Germans following the fall of the Berlin Wall. The storming of Stasi offices and demands for the release or destruction of secret Stasi files on East German citizens are discussed. Joachim Gauck, a former member of the Volkskammer, the German legislature, led a commission supervising the access of citizens to their Stasi files.


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