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The Burning Wall

Dissent and Opposition behind the Berlin Wall


Politics, Current Affairs, Cultural History, Human Rights, and History

A dozen years after the collapse of East Germany and the fall of the Berlin Wall, Hava Beller movingly investigates the profoundly contemporary dilemma of individual resistance within a totalitarian state.

The Stasi, the secret police that employed over 100,000 agents (many of them ordinary citizens), assembled files on one third of the population. Former dissidents tell kafkaesque stories of psychological warfare they endured, while former Stasi agents candidly detail their techniques for destroying the lives of their opponents.

A film by Hava Kohav Beller. The film depicts the developing opposition from the first stirring of single acts of resistance by individuals, through an emerging dissident movement, all the way to the astounding ground swell of defiance that brought down the Berlin Wall and resulted in the collapse of the GDR regime.



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