Of all the people Anna Funder interviews over the course of Stasiland, Miriam Weber is perhaps the most important to the book’s themes. Miriam grew up in East Germany during the 1960s, the same decade during which the Communist government built the Berlin Wall, dividing East and West Berlin for the next twenty-eight years. As a teenager, she tried and nearly succeeded to sneak past the Wall into West Berlin, but she was caught and sentenced to jail time for her “crime.” Later, Miriam’s husband Charlie was mysteriously arrested, and supposedly hanged himself in his cell. Miriam has spent the last forty years trying to learn the truth about Charlie’s death, and whether he was murdered by Stasi guards. Miriam’s ongoing ordeal represents the relationship between present-day Germany and its recent past. The back-to-back nightmares of the Holocaust and the Stasi police state cannot be forgotten so easily, and Miriam and millions of other Germans continue to suffer from their memories of these atrocities.