Karl-Heinz Weber, or “Charlie,” is Miriam Weber’s husband during the 1970s, before his arrest and mysterious death in a Stasi prison cell. He’s considered a “subversive” in East Germany because of his involvement in publications that criticize Communism and the German state. Shortly after being arrested, the Stasi tell Miriam that Charlie has hanged himself in his cell. Miriam, however, is suspicious, and spends years trying in vain to learn the truth about Charlie’s final moments. Charlie’s untimely death could be said to symbolize the atrocities and human rights abuses of the Stasi and the East German state.
Karl-Heinz Weber / “Charlie” Quotes in Stasiland
The Stasiland quotes below are all either spoken by Karl-Heinz Weber / “Charlie” or refer to Karl-Heinz Weber / “Charlie”. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one: Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Harper Perennial edition of Stasiland published in 2011.).
Chapter 4 Quotes
Karl-Heinz Weber / “Charlie” Character Timeline in Stasiland
The timeline below shows where the character Karl-Heinz Weber / “Charlie” appears in Stasiland. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 4: Charlie
...from prison in 1970, shortly before her 18th birthday. She began dating her future husband, Charlie—whose real name was Karl-Heinz Weber—and shortly afterwards they got married. Charlie was an athletic coach.... (full context)
...Miriam tried to find a lawyer to investigate her husband’s death, she was told that Charlie had hanged himself, and couldn’t find out anything else. She tried to talk to Charlie’s... (full context)
...Miriam explains that Leipzig is the best place from which to mount an investigation into Charlie’s disappearance. She’s trying to have Charlie’s body exhumed so that she can learn how he... (full context)
Chapter 28: Miriam and Charlie
...state was like. Miriam tells Funder that recently she found a copy of a poem Charlie wrote years ago. Funder suddenly realizes why she found the Leipzig museum strangely frustrating—“Things have... (full context)