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A former Stasi officer with whom Anna Funder speaks, Hagen Koch was partly responsible for building and mapping out the Berlin Wall in 1961. Later on, however, he became exasperated with the cruelty and bureaucracy of the Stasi, and of the Communist state itself. He resigned from the Stasi and, as an act of rebellion, stole a small plastic plate commemorating his division’s achievements—a “crime” for which various authorities have been trying and, comically, failing to prosecute him for decades.

Hagen Koch Quotes in Stasiland

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Chapter 1 Quotes

Was this the point? Was Koch using the available evidence—in this case a bicycle permit—to construct or confirm a story of his father's innocence during the war? There's clearly a portion of the past here that cannot be pinned down with facts, or documents. All that exists is permission to ride a bike.

Related Characters: Anna Funder (speaker), Hagen Koch, Heinz Koch
Page Number: 160
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The Stasi subjected him to disciplinary proceedings on account of ‘inconstancy’, and in their files attributed the remarriage to ‘the repeated negative influence of Frau Koch’.

Related Characters: Anna Funder (speaker), Hagen Koch
Page Number: 176
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You know though, it was worth it. All the courage I had is in that plate. The whole shitty little skerrick of it. That’s all I had.

Related Characters: Hagen Koch (speaker)
Related Symbols: The Plastic Plate
Page Number: 182
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Hagen Koch Character Timeline in Stasiland

The timeline below shows where the character Hagen Koch appears in Stasiland. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 12: The Lipsi
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...and about the stories Julia has told her. Uwe tells Funder about a man named Hagen Koch , who the TV station interviewed recently. Uwe also mentions a man named Karl-Eduard von... (full context)
Chapter 16: Socialist Man
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In 1961, Hagen Koch painted a line in the streets of Berlin, marking the future location of the Berlin... (full context)
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Hagen Koch ’s father, Heinz Koch, was born in Saxony in 1912, an illegitimate child and therefore... (full context)
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...Nazism was that East German had never had Nazis—that was strictly a West German problem. Hagen Koch ’s own father became a Socialist schoolteacher. At the time, there were many in the... (full context)
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...crops, creating mass starvation. When Funder asks how anybody could believe such an absurd allegation, Hagen Koch points out that Americans bombed Hiroshima, Nagasaki, and Dresden. (full context)
Chapter 17: Drawing the Line
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Hagen Koch continues his story for Funder. In 1960, he became a Stasi soldier. Because Heinz had... (full context)
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In 1966, Heinz met his biological father. Shortly afterwards, Hagen Koch came to realize how much his father despised the Communist regime. He resigned from the... (full context)
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Confused and furious, Hagen Koch agreed to rejoin the Stasi. The divorce was canceled, but Koch was furious with his... (full context)
Chapter 18: The Plate
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In 1985, Hagen Koch continues, Heinz died. Koch was banned from the funeral, and he became so furious that... (full context)
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In 1993, Hagen Koch was interviewed for German television, and the interviewer, noticing the distracting glare from the plate... (full context)
Chapter 26: The Wall
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...Berlin Wall has become a tourist destination—“airbrushed for effect.” At the Wall, Funder runs into Hagen Koch , who leads tours of the Wall. The next day, Koch takes Funder around the... (full context)