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- File Size: 3130 KB
- Print Length: 164 pages
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- Language: German
- ASIN: B007ZVDJ7S
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Zonenkinder (German Edition) Kindle Edition
|Length: 164 pages||Language: German|
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The text, written from a first-person perspective as a reflection of past memories, is an intriguing compilation of anecdotes which tap into the author's personal experiences of her childhood before reunification and of her new life after it. Hensel describes the abrupt changes to her school's curriculum shortly after the collapse of the Communist state, her history teachers reduced to learning the material themselves to stay one step ahead of the pupils. Later, she finds herself unable to participate in a conversation with students from other western European countries about common cultural icons, highlighting the immense cultural void in her upbringing - and she describes in poignant terms the gulf which develops between herself and her parents, who are woefully ill-equipped to cope with the new political and social environment.
Readers of Florian Illies' 'Generation Golf', a book which also comprises anecdotes based on the author's experiences, may find parallels with this insightful testimony of a lost heritage: in a way, 'Zonenkinder' does for a generation of East Germans what Illies' book did for a generation of West Germans. Though some readers may find themselves asking whether the author's experiences are representative of the rest of her generation, it is the relative subjectivity of her personal perspective which lends the text its essential authenticity.
Thus the book recalls a past which, but for the efforts of the likes of Hensel, can all too easily be forgotten, as well as giving a voice to a generation of young people forced to reinvent their own sense of identity.