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characters Ö The File A Personal History ë PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free Timothy Garton Ash ´ 5 Summary Free read The File A Personal History When Timothy Garton Ash graduated from Oxford in 1978 he went to live in Berlin ostensibly to research and write about Nazism But once there he gradually immersed himself in a study of the repressive political culture of East Germany As if to return the favor that culture in the form of the dreaded East German. A terrific read for anyone who likes history especially that of the Cold War and does not mind a different sort of narration of itIn this book Garton Ash examines the file that the Stasi built on him between 1978 and 1989 which he was able to access after the fall of East Germany I loved this book because it is not only a very good history book but it s also a reflection about memory and about human natureThe author meets most of the people who either informed the Stasi on him during his stay in Germany as well as the people who worked on his file and reports how the meetings go He also tells us about his life in Berlin in the late 70 s and what happened when he left He does all this while sharing acute observations of how people look talk and think while he is with them as well as his reflections on the possible motives that brought them to inform on himI very much appreciated this unusual take on history and the humanity with which Garton Ash observed and did not just blindly condemn but tried to understand the deeds of the people around him Recommended

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characters Ö The File A Personal History ë PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free Timothy Garton Ash ´ 5 Summary Free read The File A Personal History Over his He then set about to interview the people who made this gross intrusion possible the several case officers and the numerous regular citizen informers The result is nothing short of a journey into the darkest recesses of the totalitarian mind taking its place honorably alongside 1984 and Darkness at Noo. After East Germany granted a few students from non communist countries entry to study in the late 1970s Tim Garton Ash fresh out of Oxford decided to study there Ostensibly he was studying Nazi history but in fact he was fascinated by the closed nature of East German society and its effect on the psyche and daily life After the Wende when the Stasi files were opened he decided to reuest his file track down every informant who reported on him and have an uncomfortable but fascinating conversation with each about what motivated their decision to inform how they felt about him then and how they feel looking back on East Germany a few years after reunification As you might expect as a foreigner from a capitalist country his files were comprehensive with multiple denunciations and unsettling instances of casual street surveillance by the Stasi I loved the way Garton Ash writes about trying to reconcile his own lack of memories about these to him mundane moments when he was being surveilled with the details in the surveillance reports I also really enjoyed the revealing conversations with the informants whose motives varied from desire to travel abroad to fear of governmental reprisal for being a gay man There are also plenty of moments so absurd they are darkly humorous such as when one informant denounces a waiter who she feels gave her poor service to the Stasi because she feels he is a poor steward of East GermanyOf course Garton Ash had the fortune not to be permanently stuck behind the Berlin Wall I would enjoy reading a similar reckoning with the contents of one s file from an East German citizen s perspective I wish I could read about the life story of Vera Lengsfeld whose file contained the bombshell that her husband of twenty years was a Stasi informant on her throughout their marriage and may have married and had children with her at the behest of the Stasi Sunjata Penguin Classics years after reunification As geoff buda ve ben you might expect as a foreigner from a capitalist country his files were comprehensive with multiple denunciations and unsettling instances of casual street surveillance by the Stasi I loved the way Garton Ash writes about trying to reconcile his own lack of memories about these to him mundane moments when he was being surveilled with the details in the surveillance reports I also really enjoyed the revealing conversations with the informants whose motives varied from desire to travel abroad to fear of governmental reprisal for being a gay man There are also plenty of moments so absurd they are darkly humorous such as when one informant denounces a waiter who she feels gave her poor service to the Stasi because she feels he is a poor steward of East GermanyOf course Garton Ash had the fortune not to be permanently stuck behind the Berlin Wall I would enjoy reading a similar reckoning with the contents of one s file from an East German citizen s perspective I wish I could read about the life story of Vera Lengsfeld whose file contained the bombshell that her husband of twenty Perky years was a Stasi informant on her throughout their marriage and may have married and had children with her at the behest of the Stasi

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characters Ö The File A Personal History ë PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free Timothy Garton Ash ´ 5 Summary Free read The File A Personal History Secret police the Stasi secretly began studying him As was Stasi's practice over the years its study produced a considerable paper trail After the fall of the East German communist regime a government apparatus was established to allow those targeted to see their Stasi files and Garton Ash discovered and pored. That s right I tagged this as memoir and thriller It s an unlikely combination but then The File chronicles an unlikely moment in history Not the police state of former East Germany Police states are a dime a dozen Nope the unlikely bit is the moment in the mid 1990s when a newly re unified Germany allowed everyone to apply to see the file that the East German secret police the Stasi kept on them For all that the KGB were designated by Hollywood as the Big Bad in today s television parlance the Stasi kept records kept thorough records and compromised a greater percentage of their country s population Family informed on family neighbors on neighbors husbands and wives on their wives and husbands Everyone got a code name Everyone got a handler Everyone got a file everyone who informed and everyone who was informed upon When I read this for the first time in early 2001 carrying out academic research in Prague The File already felt like an anachronism a peculiar book documenting a particular moment in history Then came 911 Then came the Patriot Act and the War on Terror and a mere 8 months later the book felt like a cautionary tale In The File Timothy Garton Ash documents how he retrieved his own file and methodically interviewed all of the people who had informed on him people he barely knew people he considered confidantes and friends He interviews members of the Stasi a branch of the military as far up the chain of command as he can go and gives them a voice even as he explores his own misgivings Historically speaking from the perspective of the US the Warsaw Pact were the Big Bad But for the Stasi themselves they were protecting their country They were doing what our CIA do ferreting out dangers to the country to the society to their heritage as they saw it He explores the inherent tension between freedom and law enforcement and individual freedom versus national self defense Inevitably the greatest damage done by the police state driven to protect itself is to society and to the relationships between citizens Garton Ash himself betrays the trust of a former girlfriend who did something he never understood On the verge of making love one night she threw back the curtains on the French doors of her apartment and turned the light on She is not listed in his file as an informant but the circumstances have always puzzled him When he asks her about the event she is deeply hurt that he could imagine she would have tried to set him up to be spied upon I don t remember opening the curtain she says but yes I turned on the light I wanted to see your face


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    characters ô PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free ´ Timothy Garton Ash PDF READ The File A Personal History 35 I read some of Timothy Garton Ash’s analysis of postwar Germany many many years ago as an undergraduate and was intrigued recently to come across his now over twenty year old memoir Its focus is narrow as a young man in the late 70searly 80s he spent time doing research and writing in East Germany After the Berlin Wall came d

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    Free read The File A Personal History Timothy Garton Ash ´ 5 Summary PDF READ The File A Personal History Fantastic personal account of what it is like to read your Stasi file Beautifully written and a compelling mix of memoires and history which brought me to tears during then one passage I place a compact disc in the computer's CD dri

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  • Paperback
  • 226
  • The File A Personal History
  • Timothy Garton Ash
  • English
  • 20 December 2019
  • 9780006388470