Stories We Tell

“Je pensais qu’un autre monde était possible, sans qu’on ait à mettre le feu partout. Maintenant je n’en suis plus sûr du tout.” (Raoul Peck, 2020: 34)(fn) "When justice perishes, there is no longer any value in human beings living on earth." (Immanuel Kant) Introduction Minna Elisabeth Wolter was born in May 1921. She was eighteen years old when the Second World War started. Her first husband died at the front one month after the wedding. In the following four years of the war, she was imprisoned twice; once for three months for refusing to work, which was a common form of resistance; second, for eight months for theft, which was most likely food or coal in the strong winter in 1943-1944. Five years after the war, she remarried and had children. But post-Nazi Germany was inching closer to becoming a divided state: a capitalist state in the West and a communist dictatorship in the East. In 1953, in the aftermath of the...
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