Leaving Berlin Setting

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Post-War Berlin

Post-war Berlin is more than a geographical location; it is the ideological center of the Cold War. The Berlin connecting the fall of the Nazis with the Rise of the Soviet Iron Curtain thus takes on the aspect of a character equal in significance and complexity to the spies, soldiers and artistic exiles returning to the city. The ruined city becomes the perfect location to begin constructing the idealistic dream of a Socialist Europe. Berlin becomes a setting that stimulates unreasonable optimism and inexhaustible despair.

McCarthy-Era America

Flashbacks unfolding in the memories of Alex Meier present his backstory of arriving in the U.S. 15 years earlier to escape Nazi persecution. During his exile, he became a successful writer living in Hollywood and associating with his fellow socialists in the creative community. America represents the haven and home that Alex wishes to return to in order to raise...

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