`Dictator Damage' in East Germany
Melinda Crane-Engel. Melinda Crane-Engel is a freelance journalist based ., The Christian Science Monitor
IT is a question only a German would think to ask. "Our bank accounts are stronger," said a young East German waiting in line to withdraw his country's new hard currency, "but what about our souls?" Similar doubts grip many East Germans as they take their first steps toward a free market economy. But the breakneck pace of unification with the West leaves them little time to reflect upon an answer.
The race toward union this December threatens to obscure philosophical cleavages between and within the two Germanys. Details of monetary conversion and property ownership leave little time for debate about social problems that could haunt the newly …
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Publication information: Article title: `Dictator Damage' in East Germany. Contributors: Melinda Crane-Engel. Melinda Crane-Engel is a freelance journalist based . - Author. Newspaper title: The Christian Science Monitor. Publication date: August 1, 1990. Page number: 19. © 2009 The Christian Science Publishing Society. Provided by ProQuest LLC. All Rights Reserved.
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