The East has always fascinated Markus Ziener. As a student he frequently travelled to the GDR and Poland. Later, in the 90s, he worked for almost five years as a newspaper correspondent in Moscow, then lived in the Middle East and USA. To this day he covers the East in his college seminars and lectures whenever possible. As a professor for journalism Markus Ziener lives and teaches in Berlin, as a writer he works for different publications.