Karin Pausch [1958-2002] D

Biography

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At age six, I am afraid of my addict parents

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At age twelve, my father dies

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At age thirteen, I take my mother’s medicine and cannabis

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At age sixteen, my brother dies

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At age seventeen, I start shooting heroin

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At age eighteen, my mother dies of an overdose

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At age nineteen, I am living in france, homeless

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At age twenty-five, I am jailed for the first time

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At age thirty, I contract hiv in jail

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At age thirty-one, I escape to the Netherlands to avoid being imprisoned again

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At age thirty-two, I fall in love with a junkie and live with him illegally in Rotterdam

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At age forty, I return to Germany for rehab, am treated with methadone, and start drinking

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At age forty-one, I am committed to a psychiatric institution

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At age forty-one, I hear that my lover has been shot dead

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At age forty-two, I am admitted to a shelter for junkies with advanced cirrhosis of the liver

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At age forty-four, I die while under the supervision of carers

Karin Pausch’s biography was reconstructed after her death using her files and documents and in close collaboration with social workers and end of life caregivers. A former housemate of Karin’s read her biography for the recording.