Stasasiland Anna Funder Summary

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1) “You know, they just want to stop thinking about the past. They want to pretend it all didn’t happen.” How does Funder show that thinking about the past is necessary to move on with the future? The Stasi was a bureaucracy metastasised (excellent word) through East German society that administered the GDR’s communist regime and inflicted nefarious injustices on the citizens. In her narrative non-fiction text titled Stasiland (2002), a piece of literary journalism, Anna Funder exposes the repressed stories and traumatic corollaries of the regime’s victims in an attempt to determine whether its history should be remembered or forgotten. A lack of closure and resolution has meant that there is a lack of scope for victims such as Miriam, Julia and Sigrid Paul to recover from their…show more content…
Funder’s ‘horror-romance’ journey overtly conveys the message that whilst ‘things have been put behind glass, they are not yet over’. Through creative (personal) narrative and witty, conversational interviews, she demonstrates that it is not only necessary but vital to remember and acknowledge the past in order to move on. She indicates the positive impact that remembering can have in preventing certain historical events from reoccurring in the future, and explores how forgetting restricts victims to a psychologically traumatic and stained future. In addition, remembering provides for a cathartic outlet and a degree of closure from which platform victims are then able to move on. Funder proves how vital the past is and why it should be remembered rather than forgotten. Remembering the past prevents history from reoccurring in the future, as it preserves the evils, atrocities and gross injustices of the GDR’s communist regime. For citizens of reunited Germany such as Funder’s employers Alexander Scheller and Uwe Schmidt, the former East Germany is a source of national shame. “It’s sort
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