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Response to Hekate (Reply #47)

Sun Nov 11, 2018, 02:44 PM

49. We were always able to go to East Berlin for the day

But you were not allowed to go beyond the city limits, had to be out by midnight, and were required to change 25 D-marks for as many East German marks (worthless). You were sometimes followed and interrogated by the East Germans at the station where you caught the subway back to the West. I was interrogated numerous times, and from the questions they asked, it was obvious I had been followed. The first time, it was very intimidating. I was the only one in the room without a gun, an East German uniform or the right to stand up without permission. Afterward, I got used to it, but I had to be careful not to address them in Russian. It may have been the language of their colonial masters, but I don't think they appreciated Americans speaking it to them when they already knew my German was fluent.

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