The central symbol of Stasiland—and of Cold War Germany—is the Berlin Wall. For almost thirty years, the Wall divided East and West Berlin, and stood as a symbol for the divide between Western, capitalist society, led by the United States, and Eastern, Communist society, led by the Soviet Union. At various points in the book, Funder characterizes the Wall as a “scar,” cruelly cutting families in half and causing an inestimable amount of pain and damage. Ultimately, the Berlin Wall doesn’t just symbolize the lengthy, morally ambiguous conflict that was the Cold War—it’s also a poignant symbol for the devastation caused by the Cold War, and the deep emotional wounds with which many Germans live even in the 21st century.
The Berlin Wall Quotes in Stasiland
‘Have you travelled yourself since the Wall came down?’ I ask. She throws her head back. I see she is wearing purple eyeliner which, at that angle, phosphoresces.
‘Not yet. But I'd like to. Bali, something like that. Or China. Yes, China.’
Klaus worked for years in the west as a sound-man in the theatre. After the Wall came down, he found out that ‘we'd become a cult band in the GDR—our records were more expensive than a Pink Floyd album’.