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Franz Strasser | 15:23 UK time, Monday, 2 November 2009

On my next stop in Jena, I spoke to some history students who have interviewed people from all walks of life about their experiences before and after reunification.

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With the current crop of students in Germany having been born after the fall of the Berlin Wall, how important are these conversations?

PS: The book mentioned is Mein Land Verschwand So Schnell (My Country Disappeared So Fast).

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  • Comment number 1.

    I feel these conversations are vital to the shaping of a modern East German culture. Without questioning who they are and what role they serve, how can the East Germans find their place within German society?

  • Comment number 2.

    I read your info on the students' interviews for their history class project. I am an American professor who just completed similar interviews on the same topic for my research sabbatical. I lived in Berlin for three months this year to work on this research. I would love to see a copy of the book the students produced but I'm afraid my German is not good enough to easily read it. Have the students translated their work into other languages, specifically, English? I would love to be able to compare their questions and the answers they heard from those they interviewed with my own research results.

  • Comment number 3.

    I was born in to this generation in the US but with German citizenship as well. As you can imagine I find this quite interesting. Keep it up Franz.

  • Comment number 4.

    Franz**Thanks for the reportage about the next generation of Germans and their involvement in German affairs....

    =Dennis Junior=


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