Thorsten Hinz, born 1962 in Mecklenburg, East Germany, studied German in Leipzig. He is a freelance author in Berlin (writing for the ‘Junge Freiheit,’ amongst others). In 2004 he was awarded the Gerhard-Löwenthal-Preis for journalists.
Rare pushback in a country conditioned by red-green ideology
The communist leaders who returned to the East Zone from Soviet exile in 1945 to bring socialism to Germany knew from their own experience that the Stalinist system was a murderous one. Nevertheless, they acted as his satraps.
On revoking the mourning's solidarity with the dead
There is a sinister reason for the movie’s popularity in Germany. Here, the living have revoked a fundamental solidarity with the dead. A solidarity exemplified by ancient Greek dramatic heroine Antigone.