They have white hair or bald skull and they knew a country that has disappeared: the German Democratic Republic, or GDR, an iron regime two hours from Paris, born in 1949 and buried forty-one years later .
They are called Toni, Tatjana, Frank and Matthias. Four citizens, four perspectives: a singer, a former prisoner, a former member of the Stasi, and a rising star of East German TV.
On the other side of the iron curtain
Some poignant testimonials: "I told him, 'But what did you have to do to get that distinction from the Stasi?' And he said, 'I spied on you and your friend Peter … I told them what that you were doing … " ; "We were surrounded by walls and barbed wire" ; "Since then, I have been diagnosed with post-traumatic syndrome …"
On November 9, 1989, thirty years ago, they saw the fall of the Berlin Wall, this slash on the continent. Yet in the lives of those who have lived on the other side of the Iron Curtain, the scars are still visible …
A documentary by Ben Barnier and Emilie Denis broadcast on Franceinfo (channel 27).