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In Memoriam Christa Wolf

Christa Wolf, one of Germany’s iconic 20th-century writers, died Thursday at the age of 82. Born in then-Polish Landsberg in 1929, Wolf began her career in East Germany as a supporter of the Communist regime. Over time, she developed into a critic of the “realsozialistische” government in the GDR. One of her many novels, The Divided Sky [Der geteilte Himmel], deals with divided Germany in the form of a love story, and became her most famous text. In the 1990s, Wolf was discovered to have been an informant for the East German secret police (Stasi). Obituaries can be found in the German daily Die Süddeutsche Zeitung, in Der Spiegel, and in The New York Times.

Update:

There’s a longer obituary about Christa Wolf in today’s NYT.

Here is a brief clip of the DEFA’s film version of Christa Wolf’s novel “Der geteilte Himmel” (Dir. Konrad Wolf, 1964):

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About GG

Gundolf Graml is Associate Prof. and Dir. of German Studies at Agnes Scott College. He has a Ph.D. in German Studies from the University of Minnesota and has published articles on German and Austrian film and tourism. He is currently writing a book about tourism and Austrian national identity after 1945. Other research projects include critical whiteness studies and, most recently, investigations into the connection between memory and nature. At ASC, Gundolf Graml teaches courses on a broad range of topics, from German 101 to German and Austrian Cinema and Afro-German History and Culture.

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