People in West Germany by Max von der Gruen
The following is a translation of a work by Max von der Gruen, entitled, Menschen in Deutschland (BDR),People in Germany. The book is composed of seven stories,each describing the live of a worker in Germany. The short stories are comprised of questions asked by the author, answers from the interviewee,factual descriptions by the author, that tend to put some distance between the two people and short monologues by the workers.They comment on their lifestyles, those of others, politics, religion, their families and the state of the country. It is interesting to note the many similarities between the various workers. The following job positions are included in this book, a hairdresser, a nurse, a porcelain worker, a police officer, a circuit board watcher, an innkeeper, and a teacher. For most of them,their work is unsatisfactory and the state of the country could be improved. Religion is unimportant to them, mainly because there is a required church tax for anyone who belongs to a church.The only one who belongs to a church is the innkeeper, and that is only, because he must think about his business, and what people would do if he no longer was a member.