In this investigation of the aftermath of communism in Poland, Hungary, East Germany and Czechoslovakia, each chapter centres round a legal case, highlighting the moral, political and legal questions raised by the changes in these countries, but also weaving in other characters and stories - of espionage, sexual blackmail and moral compromise. ...
In this investigation of the aftermath of communism in Poland, Hungary, East Germany and Czechoslovakia, each chapter centres round a legal case, highlighting the moral, political and legal questions raised by the changes in these countries, but also weaving in other characters and stories - of espionage, sexual blackmail and moral compromise. Should a young East German border-guard who shot someone trying to escape to the West be brought to trial for obeying what was then the law? Should all the former communists in Czechoslovakia be brought to trial, even if they were only trying to do what was best for themselves and their families? The book presents an examination of how these East European countries come to terms with their past.
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I expected a work that delved into the past and showed the impact of communism and aftermath of the fall of communism.
There is some of that but it appears the author needed to do more work to uncover the meaning of the ghosts, as she calls them.
In her defense, though, she does tell some good stories of real people but the haunting title must be the work of the publisher.
If one has the ability and desire to skip read through the book and is willing to forego a word for word reading, I recommend the book as a quick read.
Publishers Weekly, 1996-04-29 MacArthur fellow Rosenberg's National Book Award-winning look at the uneasy transition from communism in eastern Europe. (June) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
Publishers Weekly, 1995-04-10 Freelance journalist Rosenberg's frequent trips since 1991 to eastern Europe and the former Soviet empire led to this trenchant report on the moral, political and legal dilemmas confronting Germany, Poland, the Czech Republic and Slovakia as they face their Communist pasts. She focuses on Czech dissident/human rights activist Rudolf Zukal, whose parliamentary career was shattered in 1989 by the revelation that he had been an informer for the secret police in the early 1960s. She also interviewed Polish Communist leader General Wojciech Jaruzelski, who, at his 1992 impeachment trial, argued that his imposition of martial law in 1981 was a necessary evil to save Poland from a Soviet invasion. Documents and testimony presented here contradict that rationale, showing that Jaruzelski was anxious to undercut Solidarity's growing power. Rosenberg also profiles Berlin Wall border guards and East German secret police informers now condemned for their unquestioning obedience to the old regime. Rosenberg wrote Children of Cain: Violence and the Violent in Latin America. (May)
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