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19th Apr '13 5:09:04 AM Frank75
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The '''''Sta'''at'''si'''cherheit'' was the SecretPolice / StateSec of EastGermany. Their job was to find dissenters and torture them into becoming productive members of the state. And boy, were they good at their job. An old saying is ''"The Gestapo were bone breakers. The Stasi were '''soul''' breakers."'' At their height, they had one officer for every 166 East German citizens. The FSB in Putin's Russia can work about 1 officer for 273 citizens! The best the Gestapo could manage was one officer for '''2000''' citizens. No one was sure if they were being watched or not, and could never tell if their friends or family were informing on them. Often people had no choice.

Being [[GermanHumor people of good humour]], the East Germans had numerous jokes about their Big Brothers:
* How can you tell that the Stasi has bugged your apartment? [[IncrediblyObviousBug There's a new cabinet in it]]. ''[they may have had a lot of people, but their tech was horrible]''

!!Just about anything that takes place in East Germany has a good chance to include the Stasi:

* ''Film/TheLivesOfOthers''. The central character is an agent of the Stasi who is tasked to spy the life of a playwright.
* ''NightCrossing'': referred to as the "SSD", or Staatsicherheitdienst
* Appears in ''TheSpyWhoCameInFromTheCold''.
* Anna Funder's ''Literature/{{Stasiland}}'' is a non-fiction novel following Australian journalist Funder as she collects stories from ex-Stasi men and their victims.

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The '''''Sta'''at'''si'''cherheit'' was the SecretPolice / StateSec of EastGermany. Their job was to find dissenters and torture them into becoming productive members of the state. And boy, were they good at their job. An old saying is ''"The Gestapo were bone breakers. The Stasi were '''soul''' breakers."'' At their height, they had one officer for every 166 East German citizens. The FSB in Putin's Russia can work about 1 officer for 273 citizens! The best the Gestapo could manage was one officer for '''2000''' citizens. No one was sure if they were being watched or not, and could never tell if their friends or family were informing on them. Often people had no choice.

Being [[GermanHumor people of good humour]], the East Germans had numerous jokes about their Big Brothers:
* How can you tell that the Stasi has bugged your apartment? [[IncrediblyObviousBug There's a new cabinet in it]]. ''[they may have had a lot of people, but their tech was horrible]''

!!Just about anything that takes place in East Germany has a good chance to include the Stasi:

* ''Film/TheLivesOfOthers''. The central character is an agent of the Stasi who is tasked to spy the life of a playwright.
* ''NightCrossing'': referred to as the "SSD", or Staatsicherheitdienst
* Appears in ''TheSpyWhoCameInFromTheCold''.
* Anna Funder's ''Literature/{{Stasiland}}'' is a non-fiction novel following Australian journalist Funder as she collects stories from ex-Stasi men and their victims.
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17th Mar '13 3:38:44 PM Deusirae76
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!!Just about anything that takes place in East Germany will include the Stasi:

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!!Just about anything that takes place in East Germany will has a good chance to include the Stasi:
17th Mar '13 3:38:30 PM Deusirae76
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!!Just about anything that takes place in East Germany will include the Stasi.

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!!Just about anything that takes place in East Germany will include the Stasi.Stasi:
17th Mar '13 3:38:03 PM Deusirae76
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* ''Film/TheLivesOfOthers'': the central character is a member of the Stasi

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* ''Film/TheLivesOfOthers'': the ''Film/TheLivesOfOthers''. The central character is a member an agent of the StasiStasi who is tasked to spy the life of a playwright.
17th Mar '13 3:35:29 PM Deusirae76
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The '''''Sta'''at'''si'''cherheit'' was the SecretPolice of EastGermany. Their job was to find dissenters and torture them into becoming productive members of the state. And boy, were they good at their job. An old saying is ''"The Gestapo were bone breakers. The Stasi were '''soul''' breakers."'' At their height, they had one officer for every 166 East German citizens. The FSB in Putin's Russia can work about 1 officer for 273 citizens! The best the Gestapo could manage was one officer for '''2000''' citizens. No one was sure if they were being watched or not, and could never tell if their friends or family were informing on them. Often people had no choice.

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The '''''Sta'''at'''si'''cherheit'' was the SecretPolice / StateSec of EastGermany. Their job was to find dissenters and torture them into becoming productive members of the state. And boy, were they good at their job. An old saying is ''"The Gestapo were bone breakers. The Stasi were '''soul''' breakers."'' At their height, they had one officer for every 166 East German citizens. The FSB in Putin's Russia can work about 1 officer for 273 citizens! The best the Gestapo could manage was one officer for '''2000''' citizens. No one was sure if they were being watched or not, and could never tell if their friends or family were informing on them. Often people had no choice.
17th Mar '13 3:35:04 PM Deusirae76
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25th Feb '13 6:44:58 PM Xtifr
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* Anna Funder's {{Stasiland}} is a non-fiction novel following Australian journalist Funder as she collects stories from ex-Stasi men and their victims.

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* Anna Funder's {{Stasiland}} ''Literature/{{Stasiland}}'' is a non-fiction novel following Australian journalist Funder as she collects stories from ex-Stasi men and their victims.
13th Nov '12 7:38:46 PM SirTiki
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The '''''Sta'''at'''si'''cherheit'' was the SecretPolice of EastGermany. Their job was to find dissenters and torture them into becoming production members of the state. And boy, were they good at their job. An old saying is ''"The Gestapo were bone breakers. The Stasi were '''soul''' breakers."'' At their height, they had one officer for every 166 East German citizens. The FSB in Putin's Russia can work about 1 officer for 273 citizens! The best the Gestapo could manage was one officer for '''2000''' citizens. No one was sure if they were being watched or not, and could never tell if their friends or family were informing on them. Often people had no choice.

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The '''''Sta'''at'''si'''cherheit'' was the SecretPolice of EastGermany. Their job was to find dissenters and torture them into becoming production productive members of the state. And boy, were they good at their job. An old saying is ''"The Gestapo were bone breakers. The Stasi were '''soul''' breakers."'' At their height, they had one officer for every 166 East German citizens. The FSB in Putin's Russia can work about 1 officer for 273 citizens! The best the Gestapo could manage was one officer for '''2000''' citizens. No one was sure if they were being watched or not, and could never tell if their friends or family were informing on them. Often people had no choice.
31st Jul '12 11:41:04 PM EpitomeORandom
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The '''''Sta'''at'''si'''cherheit'' was the SecretPolice of EastGermany. Their job was to find dissenters and torture them into becoming production members of the state. And boy, were they good at their job! [[hottip:*:An old saying is ''"The Gestapo were bone breakers. The Stasi were '''soul''' breakers."'']] At their height, they had one officer for every 166 East German citizens. The FSB in Putin's Russia can work about 1 officer for 273 citizens! The best the Gestapo could manage was one officer for '''2000''' citizens!

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The '''''Sta'''at'''si'''cherheit'' was the SecretPolice of EastGermany. Their job was to find dissenters and torture them into becoming production members of the state. And boy, were they good at their job! [[hottip:*:An job. An old saying is ''"The Gestapo were bone breakers. The Stasi were '''soul''' breakers."'']] "'' At their height, they had one officer for every 166 East German citizens. The FSB in Putin's Russia can work about 1 officer for 273 citizens! The best the Gestapo could manage was one officer for '''2000''' citizens!
citizens. No one was sure if they were being watched or not, and could never tell if their friends or family were informing on them. Often people had no choice.



Just about anything that takes place in East Germany will include the Stasi.

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Just !!Just about anything that takes place in East Germany will include the Stasi.
13th Jun '12 2:25:03 PM karstovich2
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* How can you tell that the Stasi has bugged your apartment? There's a new cabinet in it. ''[they may have had a lot of people, but their tech was horrible]''

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* How can you tell that the Stasi has bugged your apartment? [[IncrediblyObviousBug There's a new cabinet in it.it]]. ''[they may have had a lot of people, but their tech was horrible]''
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