Journals Higher Education

Within Walls

Private Life in the German Democratic Republic

Paul Betts

  • Shows how the private sphere assumed central importance in the German Democratic Republic from the very outset
  • Challenges the common assumption that the GDR had a virtually non-existent private sphere
  • Charts the changing meaning of private life in the GDR across a variety of fields, ranging from law to photography, religion to interior decoration, family living to memoir literature
  • Reveals the myriad ways in which privacy was expressed, staged, and defended by citizens living in a communist society