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A foreman in the East wouldn't know how many workers he would have the next day, because part of his working force had left the system to go to West Germany.
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A great number of people in the East German parts had been Nazis, so the change of mind was not altogether there.
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A Western writer came up to me and said, how come nobody at this demonstration spoke of German unity? I told him, because it isn't on the agenda. People were interested in having another, better GDR, another, better socialism.
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And also, of course, I knew that the German people, they're one, and would tend to consider themselves as one; and therefore they would consider the Wall as an enforced imprisonment. And I was right in thinking that way.
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And of course, in West Germany, they made every effort that people who came from the East would get jobs and would get a comfortable existence. That was part of the Cold War - and part of the winning side of the Cold War.
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And one of the worst effects was that by suppressing critical thought, it also suppressed critical thought in the field of economics and hampered the development of economics - and the country would fall back further and further in the economic competition with the West.
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But if they started a military conflagration, it would automatically lead to nuclear warfare, because one side would be defeated in the beginning and then it would answer by atomic bombs.
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Even in West Germany in the beginning, people wanted a kind of socialism.
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I always had the attitude: this Wall cannot be permanent. If it's permanent, it's permanent defeat.
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I believed this new form of social relationships and production could only succeed if you had freedom of initiative and speech and expression and criticism-which is what Marx demanded in the beginning.
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I certainly hoped that in the Eastern part of Germany, what was just beginning to be called the German Democratic Republic, you would develop a system of socialism with freedom and democracy.
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I defended myself at the first opportunity I had, which was a meeting of writers in which I proved that Honecker had based his whole attack.
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I did not oppose unification, I knew unification would have to come, but not in the form in which it did come. There were two ways of doing it and they took it the radical way, the forceful way.
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I disapproved of the fact that the government here refused to adopt the few reforms that Gorbachev put over in the field of media and the field of culture.
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I ended the speech by saying that democracy was a Greek word and it meant ruled by the people.
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I knew the German people would consider themselves as one; and therefore they would consider the Wall as an enforced imprisonment. And I was right.
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I not only saw the possibility of nuclear war, I feared it very much. If they started a military conflagration, it would automatically lead to nuclear warfare.
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I not only saw the possibility of nuclear war, I feared it very much. Not that I thought that either side would be foolish enough to start with it.
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I remember the tremendous applause I got and of course I also knew that a lot of secret police were standing around that truck from which we were speaking.
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I thought, What kind of system is it that can only exist by keeping them with force in their own bailiwick?
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I was in psychological warfare in World War II, so I know psychological warfare when I see it.
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I was kind of disappointed to find that a great many people didn't like the system that much, and in fact the system was run so that people couldn't really love it.
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If we had had time and the occasion to develop a new socialism in the GDR, socialism with a human face, with democracy, this might have been an example also to West Germany. The development would have run the other way.
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If you live in a system that is suppressive, you don't walk upright, you always go with your head down.
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In the question of peace, people spoke up and demonstrated for peace and against the threat of war, the threat of atomic war.
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People in the East looked toward the West with longing. They would have liked to have the same comforts, the same goods, the same chances. They saw a system that demanded of them sacrifices with nothing but promises for the future.
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People knew what they could do and what they could not do, what they would not be permitted to do.
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People knew what they could do and what they could not do, what they would not be permitted to do. By suppressing critical thought, it also suppressed critical thought in the field of economics.
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People who were not active in the intellectual life of the country could go on without feeling restricted, except they could not go where they wanted. They could not cross the border to the West whenever they liked.
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Quite a few Nazis were still around and were very happy to act against the leftist government when they had an opportunity.
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Show me one place where a whole government is concerned with a book of a writer and is concerned enough to suppress it.
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The idea of a socialism with a human face was something that I absolutely could support, because it was my idea from the very first.
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The thing collapsed on its own and there was no one to take over, except the West. And that's the situation we face today.
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The Wall was the actual symbol of a defeat, of inferiority.
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There was no organised group to take over anything. There was no conspiracy to remove the government. This was individuals who had formed a forum, not what you need to make a revolution.
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These were the things that the government supplied you with - in turn, of course, demanding obedience. But you must not imagine that it was a constant feeling of outrage that was in the minds of people and the hearts of people.
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They made every effort that people who came from the East would get jobs and would get a comfortable existence. That was part of the Cold War-and part of the winning side of the Cold War.
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They wanted a better life, and they thought they would get it in the West. And as long as the borders were open, it was relatively easy to get there.
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This was one of the reasons the system broke down that quickly and without a fight-it had become so brittle that it collapsed.
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Today, when we live in a what is called Western democracy here... you're not taken seriously all the time. You can write what you want because nobody cares about it. But at that time, they cared very much about what you wrote, so that's an entirely different feeling.
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Today, when we live in a what is called Western democracy. You're not taken seriously all the time.
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We certainly hoped perestroika would win out and that there would be changes. We knew all along that socialism could flourish only with a certain amount of freedom and democracy.
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We found one day in front of our house, one of the little notebooks that a guard had left who had been observing us. It was a very strange experience, reading what they had observed and that they had referred to us by invented names.
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We had agents of the secret police right here in the house. Our household help was paid by the state security an additional wage to report on us.
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We knew we were being observed, and to a certain extent it was a feeling of satisfaction. It meant that you had been recognized.
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You had censorship. If you brought a manuscript to the publisher, you knew he would suggest changes. If you wanted to write and speak what you thought had to be written and spoken, you had to act against all these suppressive rules.
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You lived a normal life. There was no unemployment. The social services worked better than in the West. These were the things the government supplied you with-in turn, demanding obedience.
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You must have, if socialism was to succeed, a socialism with lots of democratic elements in it.
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