How do you explain to someone what the world was like 35 years ago?
Even more challenging, how do you explain that to nearly two full generations of young Germans who have grown up in a united country with all of the freedoms that a western European democracy has to offer?
That question was the starting point for the husband and wife creative team of Anna and Jorg Winger when the wrote the German language miniseries Deutschland 83.
The richly filmed 8 episodes have it all: Pershing II missiles, Soviet paranoia that they were going to be hit with a first strike, East German spies infiltrating West Germany, East Germans watching East Germans, Americans pushing their agenda on NATO, Ronald Reagan, peace activists, ashram's and hippies, hazardous border crossings, shortages in the East, young people in love (both committed and casual), AIDS (with no cure at that time), TV news coverage with all of the latest scary headlines and music. Lots and lots of music.
Despite, and not because of, the cover art, I picked up a copy, ironically, at the book store at the US Army Museum at Fort Leavenworth. Once I started, I watched the episodes back to back.