Poetry:

Cadnum, Michael

pened to Rohwedder might well-and indeed should-happen and Ossi, implying Easterners who are constantly complaining to other West German officials. ...

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...Derogatory words like Meanwhile, all East Germans in key positions, from proBesserwessis (a play on the words better and Wessi, implying fessors to sanitation engineers, have been subjected to rigorWesterners who think they know it all and are far superior to ous scrutiny to determine the extent of their collaboration with their Ossi cousins) and Jammerossis (a play on the words whine the Communist regime...
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...Western governments used to issue solemn statements condemning the Edited by the Jesuits since 1909, lack of freedom to travel in the East...
...In Just as in the times of communism, it is hard to engage in 1990 Chancellor Kohl had foolishly declared that a new German any kind of conversation in East Germany without quickly comeconomic miracle was around the corner, that no one would be ing to the political situation...
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...pened to Rohwedder might well-and indeed should-happen and Ossi, implying Easterners who are constantly complaining to other West German officials...
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...In the West, the more nonpolitical, consumer-oriented gays marched down Not sea, not earth, its steel Kurfurstendamm, West Berlin's equivalent of Fifth Avenue, slices one field and spills celebrating gay lifestyles...
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...They knew very little about most East Germans had by now had personal contact with West the country to their east and failed to recognize the ex- Germans, a great many viewed those contacts negatively...
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...t is now quite clear that in spite of their professed con- A poll published while I was in Germany showed that, even cern for East Germany and desire for German reunifi- three years after unification, most young West Germans still cation, West German authorities were as caught off guard have not had any personal contact with East Germans...
...One woman in my street ordinate the infrastructure in both parts of Germany-after all, declared that for her, life was over: "Not a single good thing it was East Germany that joined West Germany, and not the has come to me as a result of German unification," she said...
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Vol. 120 • September 1993 • No. 16


 
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