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An wen erinnert Dietmars geistige Haltung, zu der er durch seinen Aufenthalt in den USA kam? „…mir [wurde] nun jeglicher Glaube genommen an irgendeine politische Richtung, an irgendein wirtschaftliches System. […] [I]ch [kann] es nicht verhindern in mir, daß ich nach den Erlebnissen und Lügen in der DDR nicht auch weiterhin lieber vorsichtig bin mit vorschnellen, unwissentlich gemachten guten Urteilen, mit Jubel für etwas oder mit Lob über Dinge, bei denen ich genau weiß, daß mir bewußt auch Informationen vorenthalten werden.

Mein Enthusiasmus wurde schon einmal ausgenutzt und aufgebraucht.“ — Dietmar Kootz, DDR-Gymnasiast, Ausschnitt aus dem Aufsatz über seinen Aufenthalt 1990-1 in den USA. In: „Ten Went West“, Atlantik-Brücke, Berlin.                                                                                 ******       “Of all the essays submitted by the Class of 1991, this is by far the most critical. Written by an intelligent and sensitive young man, – Dietmar Kootz – it reflects the legacy of a totalitarian regime, a legacy he is still struggling to put into perspective—as he clearly states at the end of his essay. He knows he was duped by the GDR,,, , In the meantime, he has an almost paranoid fear of being duped again. He accepts nothing at face value. ‘America was usually almost too friendly to me,’ he says incredulously, and adds that he wasn’t taken in. […] [H]e proved what he already “knew”: that the GDR was bad, but, from his point of view, other societies are not much better.

We confess to having edited [!] Dietmar’s essay to some extent; some of his thoughts on politics and the world we judged not to be relevant to the topic. [Unfortunately, the unedited original is no longer to be found anywhere. Thus this their judgment cannot be verified by others.] However, his views are interesting, his experiences telling and both are fitting testimony to the value that can be gained through educational exchange.”

Stern, Susan and James Neuger, In: “Ten Went West”, Atlantic-Bridge, Berlin.

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