One hundred miles of lives: The Stasi files as a people's history of East Germany
Andrews, M. 1998. One hundred miles of lives: The Stasi files as a people's history of East Germany. Oral History. 26 (1), pp. 24-31.
The article explores a guiding assumption about oral history or "people's history": that it empowers "the people" simply because they are at the center of it. It provides the context of the Ministerium fur Staatsicherheit the "MfS" or "Stasi" files which were gathered by the communist government of Eastern Germany during the cold war. The author observes that although these files represent one of the most extensive examples which exist of a real people's history they are also a people's history which was used with great effect to disempower the people it documents.
|Keywords||East Germany; Cold War politics; Stasi; oral history|
|Journal citation||26 (1), pp. 24-31|
|Accepted author manuscript|
|Web address (URL)||http://www.jstor.org/stable/40179468|
|Publication process dates|
|Deposited||16 Dec 2009|
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