Page 182. " Herr Koch gave me Stasi diagrams and photographs of the 'border installation' at Bornholmer Strasse. "
Crowds crossing the Bornholmer Bridge in the days after the fall of the Wall
Creative Commons Attribution Share AlikeCrowds crossing the Bornholmer Bridge in the days after the fall of the Wall - Credit: Robert Roeske

 The checkpoint at Bornholmer Strasse was designed to provide access to East Berlin for citizens of the Federal Republic of Germany. After the announcement was made in 1989 that travel restrictions would be lifted, this was one the places that citizens of the GDR rushed to.


Page 186. " They sang, screaming, 'A ken't get nö, zetizkektion.' "

Funder describes Satisfaction by The Rolling Stones as 'an anthem for desire of all kinds'. And while the Klaus Renft Combo's covers were being closely scrutinised by the Stasi, in West Germany The Rolling Stones were filling stadiums with hoards of screaming fans.

Die Ketten Werden Knapper (The Chains are Getting Tighter) – one of the Klaus Renft Combo's hits, mentioned in the book.

Page 190. " Klaus explains that the manager who stayed with the pliable members turned out to be a Stasi man. Under him, Renft regrouped as Karussell "

Karussell performing live on a recent tour:

Page 191. " I've been reading about Pannach's death lately. He died prematurely of an unusual kind of cancer, as did Jürgen Fuchs and Rudolf Bahro, both dissidents and writers. All of them had been in Stasi prisons at around the same time. "

For more information and sources regarding the Stasi's use of radiation, see the endnotes on page 285. Sadly, in 2006, after the publication of this book, Klaus Renft passed away, also from cancer.

Page 192. " 'I mean, we didn't all get the huge villas on the Mügglesee like the Puhdys, but I can look at myself in the the mirror in the morning and say, Klaus, you did all right. "

The Puhdys were also a rock band from East Germany but, unlike Klaus Renft, they enjoyed significant success outside the GDR and were in fact the first East German band allowed to tour the West. This success is partly attributable to the fact that they agreed to restrict themselves to singing in the German language, and to making no political references whatsoever in their music.

A performance of Wenn ein Mensch Lebt (If Someone Lives) from 1977: