Uwe Trostel was born in 1941 as a “Sudeten German” in Reichenberg (today Liberec, Czech Republic). After the end of the war, he and his widowed mother were resettled to a small village in Thuringia. As a diligent school student and the son of a working-class single mother, Trostel was offered the chance to continue his further education and join the ranks of the intelligentsia in the GDR. He trained as an industrial clerk before going on to study industrial economics (1960–1963) and Volkswirtschaft (1968–1973).
In 1963, Trostel joined the Bezirksplankommission in Magdeburg and became its director in 1978. He was then appointed to the Staatliche Plankommission as head of the Central State Inspection for Investments in 1987. From 1990 to 1992 he was delegated through the Plankommission to serve in the Treuhandanstalt. He then worked with with a private advisory company in the 1990s, including in Russia and Ukraine.
Today, he continues in various voluntary positions, including in the “Generaldirektorensalon” der Rohnstock Biografien.
Uwe Trostel describes his path to the GDR’s state apparatus and coming to appreciate the communists