The Society Was Built on Lie How Does the Funder Uncover the Truth

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The German Democratic Republic is a world built behind a wall made of lies. The consequence of these lies makes it very difficult for Funder to make sense of what is real and what is missing important chunks of information and what is altered by emotions. When investigating these stories Funder has to come to terms with the idea that some people are just not interested in knowing what happened and some would rather just forget it ever did. As years pass memories fade and accuracy is damaged.
From the beginning Funder has to accept the idea that some people do not want to hear the stories from within the German Democratic Republic. When making the suggestion to Scheller and Schmidt they both believe “there’s no point” dragging up the “past” and that Funder “won’t find [a] great story of human courage”. Throughout Funders journey she encounters evidence of people attempting to put the GDR and its stories behind a glass wall and label it the past. As her journey begins to concluded it becomes clear that even the United German government does not want to acknowledge the past in its entirety, building a museum that presents a “sanitised” version of the dark past and putting “pitiful” resources towards putting together to puzzle pieces the make up the German Democratic Republic, making it almost impossible to ever fully piece together what truly happened.
Years have passed since the wall came down, at the start of Funder journey it has been 7. As time passes the memories of what happened start to fade and it becomes increasingly difficult to give accurate recounts of what happened. Miriam was around 44 years old when she recounts her story to Funder about what happened to her when she was 16. Time is still moving and despite the people affected by the wall searching for answers their memories of what really happened will start to fade and blur.
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