EAST GERMANY: Exile for Heretics

A crackdown on nonconformity

The critique of the Communist Party's role in East German industry was tough and trenchant. "The indolence of the bureaucrat corresponds to the apathy of the worker, which, in turn, is matched by the disgust of the technical experts." The author was Rudolf Bahro, 42, a mild-mannered executive of an East Berlin rubber factory, and the quote was from his new book The Alternative—banned in East Germany, but a bestseller in West Germany. In an extraordinary act of defiance and courage, Bahro had agreed to be interviewed on West...

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