The Paradox of Ordinary Life- East Germans between Reality and Idealism...The question of Paradox in East Germany
The goal of this research that I have made is to get an in-depth understanding of the lives of “ordinary people” in Germany before and after the destruction of the Berlin Wall. The idea behind East Berlin’s culture has always been unimaginable to the rest of the world, Europe precisely. This “weirdly” manufactured society has always been familiar in concept, yet very distant from the rest of Europe. Thus, the goal of this paper is to clarify the ambiguity by focusing on everyday life in the shadow of the wall, especially in the East German part. I examine the social and cultural sphere of Communist Germany, and particularly the situation of women and young people. I also address the sinister role of the Stasi, the East German secret police, and how it affected society and everyday life. I look at the history of attempts by East Germans to escape from their country, which they were not allowed to leave. Finally, the paper is concerned with the situation of East Germans in the unified Germany after 1990 and the phenomenon of “Ostalgie”, the feeling of nostalgia for the bygone East Germany, which has emerged among some of this group, despite the lack of freedom they had there.
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