• Germany,  Rauen

    Growing up in the G.D.R.

    The Place: Rauen, Germany   “Rauen’s wounds have healed, and only the scars remain; the long-abandoned mine shafts that puncture the hillsides and remain a hazard to anyone straying too far from the marked paths, serving as a reminder that an ‘old village’ does not necessarily mean unchanging one.” Please note that we do not fact-check our interviewees, and that their views do not necessarily represent our own. The Person: Petra (Pit), 46, Educator for Children and the Mentally Handicapped   “I was born in the Harz mountains in the Eastern part of Germany… I finished school in 1988, and afterwards I was allowed to go to extended secondary school,…