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Within the Nineteen Sixties, Leipzig used to be the heart of resistance in East Germany. Harald Fritzsch, then a physics scholar, meditated break out. yet ahead of he left, he desired to reveal to the govt they'd long past too some distance once they destroyed St. Paul's Church in may well 1968. He entire that by way of unrolling a protest transparency in magnificent style. regardless of the nice efforts of the key police, the STASI, the govt. used to be not able to determine who used to be answerable for this act. quickly after, including a chum, Fritzsch all started his trip to Bulgaria so as to break out into Turkey by means of traversing the Black Sea in a folding canoe. This used to be a daredevil undertaking, by no means performed sooner than.

during this booklet, Harald Fritzsch -- now a world-renowned physicist -- portrays in desirable aspect an actual photo of the East German regime and the occasions of the past due Nineteen Sixties. this day, forty years later, he seriously takes inventory of the occasions considering the fact that German reunification.

Contents: Autumn 1967; Rheinsberg; within the Bay of Danzig -- summer season of 1967; As a Scout in Bulgaria -- November 1967; Spring in Prague; Destruction of the Church -- may possibly 1968; arrangements and a trip through the key Police; The Transparency; the subsequent Days; Farewell to Leipzig; on the Golden seashore; The get away; Going Ashore at Igneada; Istanbul; The Years Thereafter; again in East Germany; After the autumn of the Wall; Reflections in 2004 -- Leipzig Pauliner Society.

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Read what they say. ” I quickly read the editorial which announced the planned demolition. The article closed with the following words: May 23 will enter into Leipzig’s history as a significant day. And that was exactly what happened. What happened on that day in the Leipzig City Hall was a miserable act, without parallel in Germany’s history. indd 40 12/28/2007 12:16:39 PM Destruction of the Church 41 Augusteum destroyed. ” Such cynicism is hard to match. ” The author Erich Loest later wrote about the members of the city government in his book “Voelkerschlachtdenkmal”.

Last summer a student tried to escape in a folding canoe from the Darss Peninsula, which was a heavily overgrown nature reserve, to Denmark. During the night he assembled his boat, but when he wanted to take it into the water he was stopped by the border patrol. To the question what he was doing, he answered that he was taking a walk. “What about the boat? ” The student answered that he did not want to use it; he just wanted to go on a walk with the boat. ” The judge later on thought that this was a brazen answer he gave to the border patrol.

I’m sorry to put you in this cubbyhole, but we had to install it. It is acoustically and electronically isolated. Two years ago the Bulgarian Secret Service installed itself across the street, and ever since, we are being monitored with special devices. ” We told him that we wanted to know the details of the border security along the Black Sea coast, in particular, about infrared devices. We realized quickly that the man had no idea what infrared systems were; maybe he simply did not want us to be aware of what he did know.

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