After the Wall
by Jana Hensel
The book was a bestseller in Germany but also a very controversial one. The author was a teenager at the time the wall came down. She was old enough to know her world was ending, but not old enough to know why. So this is a story about how she tries to come to terms with seeing her world collapse.
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