The Cooing of the Pigeons

The Cooing of the Pigeons Solitary confinement is an inhumane practice and considered by Amnesty International to be a breach of human rights In East Germany it was not practiced officially but with certain groups of perpetra

  • Title: The Cooing of the Pigeons
  • Author: Andre Baganz
  • ISBN: 9781311641700
  • Page: 207
  • Format: ebook
  • Solitary confinement is an inhumane practice and considered by Amnesty International to be a breach of human rights In East Germany it was not practiced officially, but with certain groups of perpetrators, this rule was bent One such example was its use in the high security Stasi prison Bautzen II.In 1989, when journalists were allowed to visit the notorious prison for tSolitary confinement is an inhumane practice and considered by Amnesty International to be a breach of human rights In East Germany it was not practiced officially, but with certain groups of perpetrators, this rule was bent One such example was its use in the high security Stasi prison Bautzen II.In 1989, when journalists were allowed to visit the notorious prison for the first time, warden Lieutenant Colonel Alex and his chief deputy warden, Colonel J ttner, showed the reporters around their facility to prove that everything was above board The door to II West isolation wing was briefly opened As Colonel J ttner was about to close it again saying in here there are just regular criminals , one prisoner, a black man, stormed toward the gate I don t consider myself to be a regular criminal I tried to escape to the West in 1981 but was arrested Later, three other guys and I broke out of the holding facility in Frankfurt Oder to try again Our plan went south I got a life sentence and was taken here to Bautzen I spent the first 5 years in solitary confinement The chief deputy warden turned to the journalists, indicating with a gesture that the prisoner was deranged As he attempted to close the door, one of the journalists stopped him Didn t you say there was no solitary confinement here The officers of the prison administration exchanged bewildered looks with each other, protesting that solitary confinement had not been practiced here but rather administrative segregation They are damn liars the prisoner yelled I can show you the cell You wanna see it Definitely the journalist said He and his colleagues insisted that the prisoner be allowed to show them his cell.J ttner reluctantly unlocked the gateThe protagonist in this book being a man of color, a rarity to say the least in East Germany, adds another level to this compelling story which reaches beyond the historical events The story addresses the struggles of a mixed race youth trying to deal with the ever present discrimination he endures growing up and living in a white society.

    One thought on “The Cooing of the Pigeons”

    Leave a Reply

    Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *