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Stasi Hell or Workers' Paradise? Socialism in the German Democratic Republic - What Can We Learn from It? [Paperback]

Brunhild De La Motte , John Green
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1 Sep 2009
This book provides a timely update on what socialism in the GDR was really like for those who actually lived there. It

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  • Paperback: 52 pages
  • Publisher: Artery Publications (1 Sep 2009)
  • ISBN-10: 0955822831
  • ISBN-13: 978-0955822834
  • Product Dimensions: 17.4 x 12 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 486,441 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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`It is the simplest thing - so hard to achieve'. So wrote the great German dramatist and GDR citizen Bertolt Brecht in his 1932 poem `In Praise of Communism'. This excellent booklet on socialism in the GDR explains why it was indeed so hard to achieve and always remained incomplete. Its great merit, however, is that it does so in a way that enables socialists today to learn from the experience. At the same time the authors do not forget the very considerable economic and social acheivements of working people in the GDR - something that the propagandists of today's crisis-stricken capitalism are desperate to conceal.'
-- JOHN FOSTER Emeritus Professor, Social Sciences, University of the West of Scotland

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is an antidote to those characterisations that define it simply as an oppressive, Stasi-dominated prison camp. Here the authors, with first hand knowledge of life in the GDR, present a very different picture: an egalitarian society, a country with great social achievements and as a system from which we can all learn.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Stasi Hell 17 April 2014
By Kate
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A really enjoyable little book on life in East Germany. It was informative and easy to read and gave a refreshing look from the East Germany perspective. Interesting
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5.0 out of 5 stars alternative ideas 27 April 2011
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when this book arrived i was surprised that is was more of a pamphlet than a book but after reading,i was not disapointed.
i visited the GDR back in 1984 for a holiday. returned with a very positive view of this country and its ideas to serve its people. i realised it was heavily flawed but many of its ideas i believed to be noble.
family and friends were surprised at my view of the GDR and mostly could not understand my point of view. i bought many books on the subject after the GDRs demise but mostly these showed how rotten the system there was.
this book is the first to acknowledge the positive ideas of the GDR and make me realise that my initial view of the GDR was correct after all.
Of course i and this book acknowledge the very serious flaws of the communist regime but basically this book is saying that it was not all bad and that the modern Europe of today, and indeed the western world could learn a thing or two from the former GDR.
Sadly, as pointed out in this book,anything GDR was got rid of and relaced by western ideas and methods.
A very well written book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The best book about GDR 26 Oct 2013
By algeel
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The best book i've already read about GDR. It's a high quality and it's so concise. I recommend everyone. Wonderful
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3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting, but not completely convincing 22 Feb 2014
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This book is interesting, well written grammatically-speaking, and makes some compelling assertions that I personally tend to agree with. However, there are far too few references and source materials for most of the "facts" that are stated. It's smacks of idealism because there really is no convincing evidence presented to back many of the claims. I was underwhelmed.
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