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★★★★☆

“Oliver Fritz's The Iron Curtain Kid is an engrossing...”

Written on: 26/06/2009 by Bette B (1 review written)

Oliver Fritz's The Iron Curtain Kid is an engrossing and insightful account of every day life under Communism. From the memorable morning in 1961 when East Berliners awoke to find the border to the West had been completely sealed off, to the sea-change phenomenon of the Berlin Wall coming down in 1989, we learn how the people fared during that time.

Wonderful Commie jokes pepper the book along with Oliver's lucid and sharp observations. He recalls how prices stayed the same for 30 years; that the average person had to wait over a decade to buy a car and have a telephone installed; how a visit to the Parliamentary Chamber in the Palace of the Republic was an eye opener and he blows away many myths about life behind The Wall.

A thoughtful, fascinating and thoroughly enjoyable read.