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.
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.
Karussell performing live on a recent tour:
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.
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: