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1 Brochure, The Forbidden Films, written by Regine Sylvester (translated by Jeremy Roth) for the Goethe Institute München, Mayr Miesbach, Druckerei und Verlag, 1992. The series includes: Karla; Das Kaninchen bin ich, Spur der Steine; Jahrgang 45; Wenn du groß bist, lieber Adam; Berlin um die Ecke.

2 I cannot refer to this country as "former" unless I apply the same adjective to the old states of the Federal Republic. Historically speaking, the GDR remains a legitimate point of reference, just as one continues to speak of the Third Reich and the Holy Roman Empire of the German Nation--which, we might note in passing, was neither particularly holy, nor especially German.

3 As cited in the essay on "Filmwesen," in Hartmut Zimmermann, ed., DDR-Handbuch, Bd. 1 (Köln: Verlag Wissenschaft und Politik, 1985): 389.

4 See the entry on "Kulturpolitik" DDR-Handbuch, 768

5 Two of this author's untranslatable favorites read: Lieber arm dran als Bein ab,' and "Das Beste zum 10. Parteitage--der Rest zum Wohle des Volkes." For further examples see Clement de Wroblewsky, Wo wir sind ist vom. Der politische Witz in der DDR (Hamburg: Rasch und Röhring, 1990).

6 Petra Gruner, Hrsg., Angepaßt oder mündig? Briefe an Christa Wolf im Herbst 1989 (Frankfurt a. M.: Luchterhand, 1990).

7 Ministerium für Volksbildung, Sekretariat für Berufsbildung, Ministerium für Hoch- und Fachschulwesen, ed. Gesetz über das einheitliche sozialistische Bildungssystem der DDR (Berlin: Staatsverlag der DDR, 1973).

8 Sylvester.

9 See Joyce Marie Mushaben, "Swords to Plowshares: The Church, the State, and the East German Peace Movement," in Studies in Comparative Communism, XVII. 4 (July 1984): 423-438.

10 The two reportedly stood on the brink of divorce for many years-indeed, Margot is mentioned only six times throughout Erich Honecker's 400+ page autobiography, Aus meinem Leben (Berlin: Dietz Verlag, 1981).

11 Timur Kuran, "NOW OUT OF NEVER. The Element of Surprise in the East European Revolution of 1989," World Politics 44 (October 1991): 14 doi:10.2307/2010422

12 Cited in Kuran 27.

13 Vaclav Havel, "The Power of the Powerless," The Power of the Powerless: Citizens against the State in Central Eastern Europe, ed. John Keane (Armonk, NY: ME.. Sharpe, 1985): 37.

14 Thus, the allegations that many people allied themselves with the underground peace movement in the eighties, to ensure that they would be arrested and eventually "bought out" of prison by the FRG.

15 Jens Reich, Abschied von den Lebenslügen. Die Intelligenz und die Macht (Berlin: Rowohlt, 1992).

16 Christiane Zehl Romero, "Forum: The Christa Wolf Controversy-Was bleibt?' GDR Bulletin 17.1 (Spring 1991): 1-3.