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People and Politics

Stories from Communist East Germany - The dream of freedom

Within the confines of communist East Germany, Jens Kießling and his girlfriend Marie Mentel dreamed of freedom. In the 1980s, they traveled to China. Of course, that was forbidden. At the time, Jens Kießling decided to apply at the West German embassy in Beijing for permission to go to West Germany. His girlfriend returned to East Germany.

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