Are there any good books in English about the mechanics of German reunification? I'd be interested to know how such things as:
Criminal justice. Who was released and who remained in prison? Did West German law apply retrospectively to people tried under the GDR system? Not political prisoners, but regular convicted criminals etc.
Property restitution. If you were an East German, or indeed Jewish from before the Nazis, and were expelled from Germany, did you have the right to reclaim property taken by the GDR state?
Was every GDR border guard who shot someone trying to flee the GDR tried?
Re-connecting utilities and public transport, what were the priorities? U-Bahn, S-Bahn, regular rail, roads? How long did it take to completely upgrade telephone services, airports, train stations etc. etc. Who got what, when, and how was it prioritized?
How was education handled? One minutes the teachers had to say to kids "Capitalism is evil"... what did they say when the wall came down "No kids I was only joking". How was the education system de politicized? What if you were studying Marxist Economics at Humboldt university, did you go on studying Marxist Economics or switch to Milton Friedman?
There's plenty of info about the actual fall of the wall and the ceremonies etc., but I'm interested in the details. What went right? What could have been done better? What was done badly?
This is a fascinating and unique historical event... there must be books on it...