Working the Border: Policing Labor along the Polish-East German Border, 1980-1989

Project outline presented for DAAD PRIME seminar in Bonn. Project description: Despite East Germany’s unilateral closure of its border with Poland in 1980, thousands of Polish commuters continued to cross over daily for work in GDR factories throughout the decade. For these mostly female workers, GDR jobs meant higher wages, privileged mobility, and access to…
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