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Narratives of Guilt and Compliance in Unified Germany : Stasi Informers and their Impact on Society - Barbara Miller

Narratives of Guilt and Compliance in Unified Germany

Stasi Informers and their Impact on Society

Hardcover Published: 4th January 2000
ISBN: 9780415202619
Number Of Pages: 176

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In 1992, the files of East Germany's infamous Ministry for State Security, the Stasi, were made publicly available and thousands of former East Germans began to confront their contents. Finally, it was possible for ordinary citizens to ascertain who had worked for the Stasi, either on a full-time basis or as an 'unofficial employee' or informer. The revelations from these 178 km of documents sparked feuds old and new among a population already struggling through massive social and political upheaval. Drawing upon the Stasi files and upon interviews with one-time informers, this book examines the impact of the Stasi legacy in united Germany. Barbara Miller examines such aspects of the informer's experience as: the recruitment procedure daily life and work motivation and justification She next considers the dealings of politicians and the courts with the Stasi and its employees. Her analysis then turns to the way in which this aspect of recent German history has been remembered, and the phenomenal impact of the opening of the files on such perceptions of the past. Narratives of Guilt and Compliance in Unified Germany offers important new perspectives on the nature of individual and collective memory and a fascinating investigation of modern German society.

Introduction: beginnings of a societal debate
A completely normal biography
The recruitment process: A work of art
On motivation
Between theory and practice: A day in the life of Stasi informer
'If Only I Had Known': Breaking the bond
Politicians as informers
Justice and the law
The guilt continuum: defining degrees of conformity and resistance
Looking back
Re-acquisition of biography
Impact and implications of an extraordinary legacy
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ISBN: 9780415202619
ISBN-10: 0415202612
Series: Routledge Studies in Memory and Narrative
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 176
Published: 4th January 2000
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.13 x 16.51  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.39
Edition Number: 1