Society [in Communist East Germany] was never speechless or dumb. That was only in public. Problems were discussed round every kitchen table -- much more than they are today. People knew what was happening in the country.
East Germans didn't have much stuff, which meant they could either talk politics or about each other.
Talking about each other did its usual disservice to shared social goals; that this was rewarded by the regime is well known.
But talking politics, by which we mean those "problems discussed round every kitchen table" -- this contributed to the end of the entire lie.
How easily one lie is displaced by another!
"We wanted justice and we gained the rule of law," Bohely told us. "Chic clothes but empty faces.”