The Poet as Political Prisoner: Personal Experiences in a German Dictatorship
Born in 1954, Utz Rachowski grew up East Germany (German Democratic Republic). In 1979 he was arrested for “subversive agitation” for copying and distributing his own poetry as well as texts by other East German writers whose works had been banned (e.g., Jürgen Fuchs, Wolf Biermann, Reiner Kunze). In 1980 he was expatriated and released through Amnesty International to West Germany. From 1993-1999, he was co-editor of the literary journal Ostragehege. Since 2003 he has also served as rehabilitation advisor to victims of the GDR dictatorship under the auspices of the Saxony State Commission for the Stasi (East German Secret Police) Files.