INTERVIEW mit Roland Jahn (Bürgerrechtler, Journalist, Leiter der Stasi-Unterlagen-Behörde BStU)
Interview with Roland Jahn – civil rights activist, journalist, and head of the BStU / Federal Commissioner for the Records of the State Security Service of the former German Democratic Republic
»… and I was simply scared of not being able to see my daughter for a very long time. … of being in prison for several years, and not even seeing my child – three years old at that time – on her first day of school. That was the biggest fear I have ever experienced.«
»… it’s a long-term process… it’s not like you are being born as an enemy of the state. And it’s not like there’s this one pivotal event that instantly turns you into a dissident.
It’s a process of awareness, derived from the diverse experiences of everyday life… that you come to realise – this is not my country – this is not my system – this is not where I want to live.«
»… certainly, overcoming the fear – that was the crucial point, that made people rise up, not only as singular individuals.«
leicht, durchlässig –
Angst ist zäh, dicht.
lightly, pervious –
Fear is tough, opaque.
15/11 – 9:06