Saturday, 24 October 2009
This little book has had some good reviews in the press and on the radio.
The people of East Germany went from a Nazi repression 1933-45 straight through to the Communist repression of 1945-89. Yet Millar gives us a close up of how the ordinary citizen lived and coped, whilst living in East Berlin then capital of the GDR. Proving that the State and all who serve it are little shits out for themselves.
Plus ca change !
As a member of Reuters he was under constant surveillance, and he has read his Stasi report. The Stasi Colonel reviewing the file noted disapprovingly, that Millar allow his wife to carry all the heavy shopping to the car. Something his wife has never allowed him to forget.
Yet despite 66 years of state repression, the spirit of the average Helmut in the street was never broken. Despite all the files and surveillance the Stasi missed the revolutionary tide, and so did the Western Intelligence Agencies !
One day they all just said "no more", and the nightmare was over.
A great read, done with lightness and humour covering one of the best periods in my life.