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Stasi poets: creative writing & the Cold War

Philip Oltermann tells the strange story of the poetry group run by the East German Ministry for State Security

Published: May 17, 2022 at 12:24 pm
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Journalist Philip Oltermann explores the unusual story of the poetry group run by the East German Ministry for State Security. Speaking to Rob Attar, he explains why the Stasi decided to employ rhyme and verse in their battle against capitalism.

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Philip Oltermann is the author of The Stasi Poetry Circle (Faber & Faber, 2022)

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Rob AttarEditor, BBC History Magazine

Rob Attar is editor of BBC History Magazine and also works across the HistoryExtra podcast and website, as well as hosting several BBC History Magazine events.

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