Only ordinary people

EASTERN EUROPE: Thomas Ubbesen and his wife have written a human-like account of the people who lived on the right side of the wall.

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Published: February 13, 2020
We were the people - Meeting Eastern Europeans 30 years after the fall of the Wall
Author: Thomas Ubbesen
Publisher: Gyldenda, Denmark

Let's start with Sorina and Paul. Today a married couple living in Budapest, but it could have gone very differently. Sorina grew up in Romania under Ceaucescu. Paul lived his youth life in West Germany. They meet when Paul is vacationing on the Black Sea. It's the kind of love that just breaks down all of a sudden. Is unstoppable and pervasive.

But love under communist rule is not necessarily possible, and certainly not with a Westerner. Sorina can not forget Paul, and she throws herself into a risky escape with a fake Cuban passport and an awful lot of things that can go wrong. And it does. She is detained and smokes in prison, where she shares a cell with a 20-year-old…

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