To the west, into the world and back: the path of a woman from Chemnitz

I want it to sound like a subliminal message that even someone from East Germany and Saxony can have complex thoughts and be funny.


Tina Goldschmidt
Housewife Doctor

The east-west and turning point theme also shines through in “snappy”, not just because the podcast sang regularly. Goldschmidt says, “I want it to sound like a subliminal message, that even someone from East Germany and Saxony can have complex thoughts and be funny,” says Goldschmidt. “Which shouldn’t be surprising, because there are people like Olaf Schubert who obviously speak Saxon.”

“Really, are you from East Germany?”

When the wall fell, Goldschmidt was one year old. It is difficult to say, therefore, how he experienced the turning point, much of his life took place in reunified Germany and in a world where the bloc confrontation had melted. Arriving in the West, Goldschmidt made an observation decades later, namely when she declared herself an East German: “There was often this absurd surprise: Are you really from East Germany? You don’t notice it at all.” yes, I’m not kidding, I’ve already eaten yogurt and there was a banana or two. ” She has now returned to Markkleeberg, close to her grandparents and for the feeling of being at home.

Being East Germany as a handicap

Goldschmidt says images of East Germany often reflected on her, in the sense of being East Germany as a handicap. “Sometimes there were situations where people wanted to support me: you are from East Germany and also as a woman, so it would be great if I had a scholarship, despite all the adversities …” Goldschmidt’s family was not from those having been hit by the Wende would have lost a lot. When she and her family think of the fall of the Wall, they think of an emotional moment and nostalgia, of wall cabinets that looked the same everywhere, and of trips to Nuremberg to buy Milka chocolate.

“Yes, I’m a writer of funny things.”

Returning to Goldschmidt’s favorite topic: “I’m super excited to talk about the project,” he says, only to add: “On the other hand, I feel like a giant. fraudLike a scammer, that is. You talk about the impostor syndrome, the fear of overestimating one’s ideas and abilities and of being exposed. Writing for the audience instead of the designer is at least a good feeling.

Do you expect more impact from your comic podcast than from science? Yes, says Goldschmidt and at the same time feels stupid to say it. “I think few people work on something that only intrinsically motivates them. I’m definitely not that austere.” Goldschmidt uses words like random, strange and the income differential, somewhere between teenage jargon and the academic newspaper, and he hopes he will soon be able to say more confidently, “Yes, I’m a comic writer.”

If nothing else comes out of the project, it will still be a creative year, says Goldschmidt. He wants to spend so much time on podcasts and his kids, he calls it a “self-financed break from science” – and sometimes gets watched distorted on the playground. Obviously you have to ask yourself what’s going on between men and women, Goldschmidt thinks, but presenting time with children as a chore isn’t nice.

When the impostor syndrome disappears, Tina Goldschmidt knows she has what many do not have: a home in an old manor, the privilege of taking the time for an idea that no one knows what will come in the end – and the courage to self-irony.

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