Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Behind the Berlin WallEast Germany and the Frontiers of Power$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Patrick Major

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780199243280

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199243280.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM OXFORD SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (oxford.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright Oxford University Press, 2022. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in OSO for personal use.date: 27 January 2022

In the Shadow of the Wall: Coming to Terms with Communism

In the Shadow of the Wall: Coming to Terms with Communism

(p.155) 6 In the Shadow of the Wall: Coming to Terms with Communism
Behind the Berlin Wall

Patrick Major (Contributor Webpage)

Oxford University Press

Examines the longer‐term impact of the Wall, which induced some East Germans to come to terms with the system in ways in which the open border of the 1950s had prevented. The chapter examines generational responses to the border closure, as well as regional differences between Berlin and the provinces. The brief period of liberalization behind the Wall from 1963–65 is also considered in its effects on the economy, but in particular the attempts to placate the younger generation. The phenomenon of Beatlemania behind the Wall is traced in some detail, before its repression in the autumn of 1965. Furthermore, the intellectual battles for and against the Wall are reconstructed between Günter Grass in West Berlin and the Academy of Arts in East Berlin, as well as the literary treatment of the Wall in the works of Christa Wolf and others. The case is examined of singer–songwriter Wolf Biermann, effectively expelled from the GDR in 1976, and its ramifications on the GDR's artistic elite, who increasingly turned from inner to outer emigration. The chapter concludes with the broader economic corrosion of the GDR by West German currency and the regime's own system of duty‐free shops.

Keywords:   liberalization, Beatlemania, Günter Grass, Wolf Biermann, writers

Oxford Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs , and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us .