It is obvious throughout the book that Funder empathizes with the victims she interviewed. With Funder being brought up in a Democratic western country, the thought of losing her freedom and privacy due to the large amount of spies and harsh laws, left her no choice other then to sympathise her victims. Funder characterizes these victims as ordinary civilians, who are entitled “enemy’s of the state” by the Stasi, despite not committing any large offense. Funder recognizes the damage done on victims, and stills sees them dealing with the trauma from the past. Miriam’s story highlight the Stasi’s firm rules and procedures when opposing against the GDR’s ideologies. Funder characterizers as a brave, strong girl, who is yet still tortured by the past due to the determination of seeking justice/closure, she needs. Frau Paul’s story features how her life was interrupted by the GDR’s regime, and how the immoral actions by the Stasi, led her in becoming “a lonely, teary guilt-wracked wreck,” due to being deprived access from her baby. The interview with Julia, underlined the Stasi’s strong intentions on keeping all their... [continues]
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