Beyond the Wall: A History of East Germany (Guest: Katja Hoyer)

Published March 4, 2024
Heartland’s Tim Benson is once again joined by Katja Hoyer, research fellow at King’s College London, to discuss her new book, Beyond the Wall: A History of East Germany. They chat about the political, social, and cultural landscape that existed in East Germany, the oppressions and hardships implemented and placed on the East German population by the communist regime, and why East Germans were so into blue jeans. 

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Show Notes:
Commentary: Clare McHugh – “East of Eden”

The Critic: David Goodhart – “The country that went to the wall”

The Economist: “Beyond the Wall adds depth to caricatures of East Germany”

The European Conservative: Jonathon Van Maren – “The Personal Narratives of Hoyer’s Beyond the Wall”

Financial Times: Frederick Studemann – “Katja Hoyer: we need to hear ‘the whole story’ about East Germany”

Foreign Policy: Allison Meakem – “A Tale of Two Germanies”

The Guardian: Jacob Mikanowski – “Beyond the Wall by Katja Hoyer review – the human face of the socialist state”

Literary Review: John Kampfner – “Honecker’s Hidden Pleasures”

Los Angeles Review of Books: Matthew Longo – “Ostalgie: Revisiting East Germany”

The New Republic: Samuel Clowes Huneke – “The Lost History of East Germany”

New York Times: Kati Marton – “Life During Cold Wartime in East Berlin”

The Telegraph: Saul David – “Willkommen to the GDR! A warts-and-all history of East Germany”

The Times: Dominic Sandbrook – “Beyond the Wall by Katja Hoyer review: real life in East Germany”

Times Literary Supplement: Karen Leeder – “Goodbye, GDR!”