BA/MA Visual Communication

I couldn't stay there. Chronicle of an Escape

Graduation project VK The book is about the failed escape attempt of my father Wolfgang Spielhagen from the GDR in 1971, his imprisonment in Romania and the horror in Romanian prisons and the Stasi prison. I have contrasted my father's report with the perspective of the Ministry of State Security in the form of files and documents. Some artifacts that bear witness to the escape and the imprisonment are integrated into the book through photographs: Poems written on the back of a prisoner's shirt while in Romanian custody, dice carved from soap and a cigarette case made in the cell tell of small escapes behind bars. Now thirty years after reunification and fifty years after the attempted escape, the book is intended to provide a multi-perspective view of this part of recent history. Translated with DeepL

Participating Students:

Luise Spielhagen