Ines Geipel

  • Contended Zone
  • My brother, the East and the hate
  • Literature

Xenophobia and hatred of “the state”: Are we losing East Germany? Ines Geipel’s book seeks answers to the why of radicalisation. It tells of the commandments of silence after the end of the Nazi era, the historical fragmentation of the GDR and the political paraphrases after German unity. Repression and denial characterize society right into the private sphere, as the author impressively tells us 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 professor of speech and language at the Ernst Busch Drama School in Berlin and a staff member of the Hannah Arendt Institute.

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