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Helga Hirsch was born in 1948 near Hanover and studied German Philology and Political Science at the Free University in Berlin. From 1989-1995, she worked as a correspondent for the German weekly Die Zeit in Warsaw and since 1996 has been active as a freelancer for various newspapers and television and radio broadcasters. Her films include the documentaries: Spaete Opfer: Ueber die Internierungslager fuer Deutsche in Polen (TV, 1998), Der Erbfeind - Preussen aus polnischer Sicht (TV, 2001), Schoenes Land - armes Land. Bulgarien im Aufbruch (TV, 2003), and Coffee Beans for a Life (Mein Ueberleben in Kolbuszowa, 2005).