Mental contortions needed to live in East Germany

Screen Shot 2016-05-13 at 08.35.23In the German Democratic Republic you required, writes Dalrymple, a mixture of

  • belief
  • cynicism
  • indifference
  • calculation
  • Screen Shot 2016-05-13 at 08.38.36compromise
  • wilful ignorance
  • opportunism
  • bravery
  • effrontery

and the many shades and interactions between them.

Screen Shot 2016-05-13 at 08.42.01The GDR régime’s

moral reprehensibility and degradation were obvious both from the outside and in retrospect: but from within and at the time, matters were often more equivocal.

Screen Shot 2016-05-13 at 08.44.40

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