43. Return to East Berlin as an IREX Scholar: May, 1978

I returned to East Berlin in mid-May 1978, again with the support of an IREX fellowship. My housing was much nicer this time, a studio apartment located a short distance from the Alexanderplatz, right in the center of Berlin and within walking distance of the Plenzdorfs’ apartment. Shortly after my arrival, I invited the Plenzdorfs (Helga and Ulrich) and our mutual “friends,” IMV “Kurt” and IMV “Julia” for an evening visit. Since “Kurt” and “Julia” had two young children, they decided that “Kurt” would stay home and babysit. “Julia’s” report on our get-together in my apartment is presented in the next section, exactly as it appears in my file.

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