Katarina Witt, beloved ice-skating champ from the former East Germany, will host a television show that highlights the good side of life under communism. Witt was known as “the most beautiful face of socialism” during the 1980s, when she brought home gold medals in two successive Olympics. As a communist icon, she enjoyed considerable perks denied to the rest of the population. Her family got a car and a house without the usual years of waiting. And while many East Germans were jailed or even killed for trying to leave the country, Witt could travel freely. In the ’90s, Witt faced credible accusations that she had collaborated with the Stasi, the dreaded secret police, but she successfully sued to keep her Stasi file sealed. Her new show is part of a wave of nostalgia among economically depressed easterners for the days of full employment.
Continue reading for free
We hope you're enjoying The Week's refreshingly open-minded journalism.
Subscribed to The Week? Register your account with the same email as your subscription.
Sign up to our 10 Things You Need to Know Today newsletter
A free daily digest of the biggest news stories of the day - and the best features from our website
10 things you need to know today: December 3, 2023
Daily Briefing Gaza residents flee as Israel continues bombardment, Trump tells supporters to 'guard the vote' in Democratic cities, and more
By Justin Klawans, The Week US Published
5 X-plosive cartoons about Elon Musk
Cartoons Artists take on his proposed clean-up of X, his views on advertisers, and more
By The Week US Published
2023: the year of superhero fatigue
The Explainer The year may represent the end of an era for Hollywood
By Brendan Morrow, The Week US Published