The chief propagandist for East Germany, Karl-Eduard von Schnitzler’s duties involved providing live commentary for the TV programs of West Germany, on a station informally known as “the Black Channel.” For decades, he was secretly despised throughout East Germany, in part because he ruined some of the only good TV entertainment that East Germans could access. Near the end of his life, he speaks to Anna Funder about the current state of Germany, and condemns capitalism for destroying his beloved country.
Karl-Eduard von Schnitzler Quotes in Stasiland
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Chapter 13 Quotes
And when we started to get tied up in this ridiculous GDR success propaganda—exaggerated harvest results and production levels and so on—I withdrew from that altogether and confined myself to my specialist area: the work against imperialism.
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Chapter 12: The Lipsi
...named Hagen Koch, who the TV station interviewed recently. Uwe also mentions a man named Karl-Eduard von Schnitzler , the chief propagandist for East Germany, who Funder might speak with. (full context)
...“multimedia center.” Inside, she speaks with a woman named Frau Anderson, who tells her that von Schnitzler , unlike many former government officials, has stuck to his old message, rather than becoming... (full context)
Chapter 13: Von Schni-
Chapter 26: The Wall
...age of 92—headlines read, “Most hated man now dead.” Shortly afterwards, in a phone interview, Von Schnitzler tells Funder that Mielke has been unfairly vilified—largely because of “naked, brutal” capitalism. (full context)