BOOKS: EAST IS EAST, WEST IS WEST

IN GERMANY THE MENTAL WALL HAS NOT YET FALLEN

The history of Germany since World War II--partition and unification--is reminiscent of one of those studies of twins who have been brought up in completely different families. They may have inherited many of the same characteristics, but in this case they have grown up in environments that are as unlike each other as possible. When they are brought back together, how similar will they be? How well will they understand each other?

In her perceptive, engaging, but ultimately frustrating new book, The Politics of Memory: Looking for Germany in the New Germany (Random House; 293 pages; $27.50), Jane Kramer, who writes...

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