Anna Funder’s investigative account of the traumas experienced during the totalitarian governance of the GDR (German Democratic Republic), Stasiland, presents an historical account of life under the communist regime and behind the Berlin Wall, an historical account which manifests in the personal stories, descriptions of the remnants of the East German government. Funder presents interviews of victims of the GDR to create a tangible account of the power held by the government. She further conveys the historical importance of the former Stasi operatives to be powerful in presenting a complete depiction of East German society. However, it is also through Funder’s presentation of the former East Germany to be permeated by its history that creates her powerful portrayal of East Germany.
In Funder’s depiction of personal reflections she affords the Stasi victims the ability to present a powerful account of the GDR. By demonstrating the victims to have been inflicted with sustained trauma, evidenced by Julia’s apprehensive stance towards Funder when revealing her story by seeking to rapidly depart asserting “I’ve… got a class”, and leaving Funder to contemplate their conversation due to an “appointment” she had forgotten. Such reservation when revealing her experiences with the Stasi is indicative of the Julia’s Stasi ordeal to continue to permeate her life. This further provides Funder with a powerful foundation for her account by proving the Stasi intrusion on the victims to