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The File: A Personal History Paperback – September 29, 1998
"Hitler's Forgotten Children" by Ingrid von Oelhafen
The Lebensborn program abducted as many as half a million children from across Europe. Through a process called Germanization, they were to become the next generation of the Aryan master race in the second phase of the Final Solution. Hitler's Forgotten Children is both a harrowing personal memoir and a devastating investigation into the awful crimes and monstrous scope of the Lebensborn program. Learn more | See related books
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While Ash's writings caused him to be banned from East Germany, he was never imprisoned, nor was he subject to the depradations faced by average citizens of the GDR. Ash acknowledges that as a foreigner, he was always free to leave, and this makes his file less interesting than those of true dissidents. Ash describes, however, the story of an East German dissident who discovered that her own husband was informing the Stasi of her activities and discusses his friendships with brave East Germans who bucked the regime, and paid the price for it.
This is not the definitive work on the Stasi. It provides some background of the agency, but if you are looking for a more thorough treatment, look to "Stasi: The Untold Story of East Germany's Secret Police," by John Koehler. This book is worth reading, however, to understand, through the file of one man, why men joined the Stasi and how the Stasi turned so many ordinary East Germans into informants. Ash also raises important moral questions about spying and intelligence agencies, which are relevant to free societies as well.
It is an excellent, accurate look at a country and a system that have passed into oblivion but left many scars on many people.
He tracks them down and asks why they betrayed him. One cause is the cynical, fear-based totalitarianism they lived under. Another is a common trait among the "old friends" themselves: The lack of fatherly love. Their fathers were either away at war or lost in the Holocaust, or were distanced from their families by professional obligations.
The story comes full circle, when Garton Ash takes a lesson in this discovery, turns off his computer and goes to be with his sons. Hmmm.
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Thank you! This was a great book, and the service was prompt.Published 17 days ago by Thomas J. Bittner
Very personal story of one man's journey after he is handed his copy of the file compiled by the GDR's MfS (Stasi) during his time as a student in Berlin and while living in the... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
Not a lot of value but enough to scan at a moderate pace. I will not read any other of Ash's publications.Published 5 months ago by R Kelly
An Excellent book about a topic that would appeal to anyone who has an interest in The Cold War, Eastern Europe at that time, East Germany, and the Stasi. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Ruff Rider
If you're interested in the Stasi and domestic spying in general, this is certainly a good book to pick up. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Travis White
The East German Stasi placed Timothy Garton Ash under suveillance in the early 1980s. At the time, he was a scholar living in East Berlin, doing historical research and writing... Read morePublished 23 months ago by not me
Socialism fails for a reason and this book tells the story of how the author and everyone in the failed socialist state of East Germany was under the constant surveillance of the... Read morePublished 23 months ago by Burr
This is an interesting look inside the workings of East Germany's secret police.
Its strength is the author's persistence in getting his secret file and then talking to... Read more
I emigrated to the USA from another totalitarian country - former USSR. I really enjoyed reading the book - to me it looks like a deep and balanced approach to evaluating the life... Read morePublished on September 1, 2013 by arik