Escape From Leipzig by Harald Fritzsch

By Harald Fritzsch

Within the Nineteen Sixties, Leipzig was once the heart of resistance in East Germany. Harald Fritzsch, then a physics scholar, pondered break out. yet sooner than he left, he desired to exhibit to the govt. they'd long gone too some distance once they destroyed St. Paul's Church in may well 1968. He finished that by way of unrolling a protest transparency in impressive model. regardless of the nice efforts of the key police, the STASI, the govt was once not able to determine who was once liable for this act. quickly after, including a pal, Fritzsch begun his trip to Bulgaria with the intention to break out into Turkey via traversing the Black Sea in a folding canoe. This used to be a daredevil pastime, by no means performed earlier than.

during this booklet, Harald Fritzsch -- now a world-renowned physicist -- portrays in desirable aspect an real photo of the East German regime and the occasions of the overdue Sixties. this day, forty years later, he seriously takes inventory of the occasions in view that German reunification.

Contents: Autumn 1967; Rheinsberg; within the Bay of Danzig -- summer time of 1967; As a Scout in Bulgaria -- November 1967; Spring in Prague; Destruction of the Church -- may possibly 1968; arrangements and a trip by way of the key Police; The Transparency; the subsequent Days; Farewell to Leipzig; on the Golden seashore; The get away; Going Ashore at Igneada; Istanbul; The Years Thereafter; again in East Germany; After the autumn of the Wall; Reflections in 2004 -- Leipzig Pauliner Society.

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But he had made up his mind that he would get married only if he found a woman who was capable of holding on for the full journey. In the evenings we built a large campfire next to the river and Stefan told us a lot about Poland and about everyday life at the university. During one of those evenings, we talked about the Baltic Sea shore and he mentioned that in the Bay of Danzig one was allowed to take a small boat out to the open sea. Lothar and I were skeptical since this would be unthinkable on the shores of Eastern Germany.

Two days later we were back in Leipzig. indd 30 12/28/2007 3:59:07 PM 31 Spring in Prague I spent some of the last weeks of 1967 in Potsdam in order to get ahead with my studies at the Stellar Observatory at Potsdam– Babelsberg with Professor Treder. In February, at the end of the winter term of 1968, I went to stay with my parents for a few weeks. There I did my initial work towards writing my PhD thesis. I made great strides and by the beginning of the summer term in April, I had finished the first part.

That was good because in the following eventful weeks I had little time to concentrate on physics. Spring in Prague was in full swing. At the university we constantly discussed the events in Czechoslovakia. Alexander Dubcek, the Slovakian party leader and reformer, was our hero. For us and many other students in East Germany, the new direction there was interesting because it seemed to be an alternative to the western bourgeois social system, whose values were, for many of us, too one-sidedly tied to private property.

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