Describes the widespread fear, historical amnesia, and blocked emotions of East German citizens under the Communist regime
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Text: English (translation)
Original Language: German
Written in a white heat of liberated indignation soon after the Communist regime collapsed, this piece of social psychology loses none of its punch in the passage of five years. Maaz was a psychotherapist in East Germany, and he diagnoses life under the socialist system in psychopathological terms. Repression, denial, alienation, and a clutch of similar concepts define the problems his patients brought to him. Because the scope of complicity in the state's policies was nearly universal, Maaz rather despairingly believes, based on the thousands of cases he has treated, that it will take a long time for East Germans to become responsible members of a democratic, free-market Germany. East Germans find it difficult to face the fact that they parroted vapid official phraseology on every public occasion or scraped all their lives for a meager standard of living, which, when compared to the West, made their efforts seem pointless. Euphoria over the end of the Wall has given way to dysphoria; and dismaying as Maaz's analysis is, readers following affairs in Germany (where this work was a best-seller) will benefit from its gloomy insights. Gilbert Taylor
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