Death of an author, trapped between duty and conscience

Christa Wolf, whose death has been announced today aged 82, was loyal to the ruling party in East Germany until the state disappeared. At one point, she spied for the Stasi.

Christa Wolf in 1973

But her novels are early milestones in German feminism, especially The Quest for Christa T, and her respect for the individual was absolute. Where did she really stand on human rights under totalitarianism? I guess we’ll never know.

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