'Still alive' 30 years on, German child junkie looks back

This undated handout photo released by German publishing house Deutscher Levante Verlag shows Christiane Felscherinow, aka Christiane F, who became famous for her 1978 biography telling her story as a 13-year-old girl shooting up heroin and working as a child prostitute in West Berlin. Her "Second Life" autobiography will be presented in Frankfurt on October 11, 2013 at the book fair. Photo/AFP

What you need to know:

  • The harrowing biography of the pretty teenager, then identified only as Christiane F., sold more than four million copies, was turned into a movie guest-starring David Bowie and became a school textbook.

A generation ago, German readers were shocked and fascinated by the story of a 13-year-old girl shooting up heroin and working as a child prostitute on the gritty streets of 1970s West Berlin.

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