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Poppe, Grit (Author)

First, You Betray Your Conscience. Then You Betray Your Family

A teen fiction first: young people in the GDR being turned into unofficial collaborators by the Stasi

When his grandmother has to move to a care home, Sebastian has to move in with his father, who left their family when Sebastian was just a baby. He feels no connection with this man who served a life sentence and barely addresses a word to him. It is, however, better than going back to that dreadful children’s home which Social Services initially placed him in – and where he came to care secretly about Katja, who ran away. One day, though, a man appears at Sebastian’s school and forces him to agree to spy on his teachers and schoolmates. He turns him into an unofficial Stasi collaborator, and persuades him to spy on his own father. | 14 +

Poppe, Grit (Author)

Never give up! Escape from the youth detention centre. GDR, 1988: Anja’s mother applies for a departure permit to leave East Germany and is arrested by the secret police, the Stasi. The 14-year-old is placed in a youth detention centre under the administration of the Juvenile Welfare Department. Shocked by the high-handedness of the educators, the violence and the drill, Anja soon has only one thought in her mind: escape. But things get even worse…

A gripping novel about tyrannical treatment and violence at the youth detention centre in the GDR. Carefully researched by the author, who was herself a member of the “Democracy Now!” movement. With a glossary and chronicle of the regime change in the appendix. | 14 +