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Escape from Leipzig [Paperback]

By Harald Fritzsch (Author)
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In the 1960s, Leipzig was the center of resistance in East Germany. Harald Fritzsch, then a physics student, contemplated escape. But before he left, he wanted to demonstrate to the government that they had gone too far when they destroyed St. Paul's Church in May 1968. He accomplished that by unrolling a protest transparency in spectacular fashion. Despite the great efforts of the secret police, the STASI, the government was unable to find out who was responsible for this act. Soon after, together with a friend, Fritzsch began his journey to Bulgaria in order to escape into Turkey by traversing the Black Sea in a folding canoe. This was a daredevil endeavor, never done before.

In this book, Harald Fritzsch -- now a world-renowned physicist -- portrays in captivating detail an authentic picture of the East German regime and the events of the late 1960s. Today, 40 years later, he critically takes stock of the events since German reunification.

Contents: Autumn 1967; Rheinsberg; In the Bay of Danzig -- Summer of 1967; As a Scout in Bulgaria -- November 1967; Spring in Prague; Destruction of the Church -- May 1968; Preparations and a Visit by the Secret Police; The Transparency; The Following Days; Farewell to Leipzig; At the Golden Beach; The Escape; Going Ashore at Igneada; Istanbul; The Years Thereafter; Back in East Germany; After the Fall of the Wall; Reflections in 2004 -- Leipzig Pauliner Society.

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Item Specifications...

Studio: World Scientific Publishing Company
Pages   140
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.82" Width: 5.98" Height: 0.47"
Weight:   0.57 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Feb 1, 2008
Publisher   World Scientific Publishing Company
ISBN  9812793062  
ISBN13  9789812793065  

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More About Harald Fritzsch

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Harald Fritzsch holds the chair in theoretical physics at the University of Munich. He is also a regular visiting professor at the California Institute of Technology, the European Center for Particle Physics (CERN) in Geneva, and at the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center of Stanford University. He is the author of many books that have been translated into English, including "The Creation of Matter: The Universe from Beginning to End, Quarks: The Stuff of Matter," and "An Equation That Changed the World: Newton, Einstein, and the Theory of Relativity."

Harald Fritzsch was born in 1943.

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Good look back at East Eurpoean Communism  Jan 7, 2010
It was an iteresting story and recalled memories of the way of life that I observed in Eastern Europe during the communist era.
Courageous Story, Uninspired Writing/Translation  Sep 19, 2009
Escape from Leipzig is a story of a courageous demonstration of protest over the E. German destruction of a cathedral in Leipzig, and the subsequent escape of the protester-student to W. Germany, where he became an honored academic and advisor to the W. German government.

Unfortunately, the hardback book is short(125pp.), competently if ineloquently translated from the original German, and outrageously overpriced at $40!!

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