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Behind the wall. "Perfectly Normal Lives" in the GDR? directed by Mary Fulbrook

Today, I would like to recommand you an interesting documentary, directed by Mary Fulbrook. Sometimes I think, it is very hard to find documentaries and literature about the German Democratic Republic in English, isn`t it?
by Melanie Alperstaedt (3 Jun 2010)

Today, I would like to recommand you an interesting documentary, directed by Mary Fulbrook. Sometimes I think, it is very hard to find documentaries and literature about the German Democratic Republic in English, isn`t it?

This documentary film, based on in-depth research by UCL students and staff, explores the complexity of ordinary lives in the GDR. You will see oral history interviews and film footage, which portray a complex picture debate on key questions of contemporary German history and identity.

If you are interested in questions like "What was life like for the vast majority of East Germans, living behind the Wall?" or can not talk to former GDR citizens yourself, you should watch this documentary. The contemporary witnesses speak German, but there are captions in English!

I is a littlebit difficult to buy the DVD. The only way to get it, is to order it from Amy Brownhill, working for the German Society of the University College London. You can order it by e-mail: german@ucl.ac.uk. I talked shortly to Amy on the phone, and I am sure, she will answer any questions concerning the documentary, too.

You can also listen to a podcast concerning this documentary first!

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