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David Rieff

more importantly the disorientation, one encounters these days in the publications of groups like Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International is an emblem of this. 4 This does not mean that coping with these changes will be easy or morally clear-cut for humanitarians. It is hardly surprising that when its medical facilities and hospitals in Syria were targeted and in many cases destroyed by Russian and Syrian government bombardment, MSF was at a loss as to how to respond, despite its brilliance in publicity. 5 An exception to this general

Journal of Humanitarian Affairs
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Claire Sutherland

their Allied support during the eleven-month Soviet blockade in 1948–49. Even the entrepreneurship of capitalists and industrialists fuelling the West German Wirtschaftswunder (economic miracle) was respected, in spite of their frequently unsavoury wartime activities (Swaffar 2001 , 136). A new literary hero also emerged to embody this disorientation, a ‘rebel without a cause’ whose principal aim was to break free not only

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Claire Sutherland

underlines how deeply the GDR regime, modelled on the Soviet system, had affected Biermann’s ability to relate to his fellow Germans across the border and live a normal life there. It also gives a sense of the disorientation felt in 1989 by East Germans, who even struggled with everyday tasks like grocery shopping due to the glut of unfamiliar products which suddenly became available (Confino & Fritzsche 2002 ). Despite failing in

in Soldered states