Ines Geipel

  • Contested Zone
  • My brother, the East and hatred
  • Literature

Xenophobia and hatred of “the state”: Are we losing Eastern Germany? Ines Geipel’s book seeks answers to the why of radicalization. It tells of the commandments of silence after the end of the Nazi era, the historical clutter of the GDR and the political paraphrases of German reunification. Displacement and denial shape society into the private sphere, as the author tells impressively with her own family history.

For six years, Ines Geipel practised high-performance sport in the GDR. After studying German in Jena, she fled to West Germany in 1989 and studied philosophy and sociology in Darmstadt. In 2000 she was a joint plaintiff in the trial against the masterminds of GDR forced doping. Today she is a professor of Verssprache at the Ernst Busch drama school in Berlin and a staff member of the Hannah Arendt Institute.

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