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Der ungeteilte Himmel


Der ungeteilte Himmel
The undivided heaven. Actors of the GDR tell their stories.
Ingrid Poss Peter Warnecke

"The professional became a beginner, the god a nobody" - many actors of the GDR must have felt like this, when the Wall came down. Film, TV and theatre stars, who were celebrated once, saw themselves forced to go from door to door. Ursula Werner remembers that in 1989 many actors went to demonstrate for a better GDR. "But fact is that they demonstrated at Alexanderplatz to abolish themselves and their theatre", stated Eberhard Esche. In the united Germany, lots of people shared Simone Frost’s experience: "Nobody cares about you there". And Jaeki Schwarz summed it up: "It was foreseeable that DEFA couldn’t work like this any more according to the principles of capitalism. But that everything will be destroyed, forgotten and not even mentioned…"

In "Der ungeteilte Himmel" ("The undivided heaven") 19 famous actors of the GDR tell their personal stories. They speak about their background, their achievements and disappointments, their working life in the East and the personal and professional changes they had to deal with after the Collapse of the GDR. Due to luck and their skills, they finally succeed in coming back into the limelight.

Publisher: Potsdam Film Museum, Editors: Ingrid Poss Peter Warnecke, Verlag Neues Leben, Berlin 2009, ISBN 978-3-355-01764-0, 480 pages, black-and-white illustrations, paperback 19.90 Euro