John Green, born in 1941, grew up in the city of Coven­try, England. He studied in the GDR for four years. After comple­ting an intern­ship at the DEFA docu­men­tary film studio in Berlin, he went on study film at the GDR’s natio­nal film school in Pots­dam-Babels­berg, specia­li­zing in camera. After retur­ning to the United King­dom in 1968, he began working for GDR tele­vi­sion as a foreign corre­spon­dent. This work took him all over the world, report­ing on social, cultu­ral and poli­ti­cal issues and events, inclu­ding the docu­men­ting of libe­ra­tion strug­gles in the Global South. He ceased working for the GDR just before its demise in 1990.


John Green recor­ded his own expe­ri­en­ces in the book Red Repor­ter — Covert Corre­spon­dent for East Germany and co-autho­red Stasi State or Socia­list Para­dise?, a balan­ced account of life in the DDR.

The inter­view was filmed on 29 Septem­ber 2021 in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern.