History UsefulNotes / EastGermany

23rd Jan '16 8:53:26 PM Terran117
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* In the Light Novel, Visual Novel and Anime ''LightNovel/{{Schwarzesmarken}}'', focuses on a group of mecha pilots fighting against an alien BETA invasion that has overrun much of Eurasia. In the works are antagonistic Stasi and [[spoiler: a plot to overthrow]] East Germany's government to reunify it with the west.
27th Dec '15 3:32:58 PM HowlingSnail
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* ''{{Sandmaennchen}}''
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26th Nov '15 8:17:36 AM JamesAustin
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-->--'''Creator/BertoltBrecht''', ''Die Lösung'', written after the East German government and [[RedsWithRockets Soviet forces]] massacred 513 workers demonstrating for better conditions.
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-->--'''Creator/BertoltBrecht''', ''Die Lösung'', written after the East German government and [[RedsWithRockets [[UsefulNotes/RedsWithRockets Soviet forces]] massacred 513 workers demonstrating for better conditions.
26th Nov '15 8:08:32 AM JamesAustin
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-->''After the uprising of the 17th of June\\
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-->''After ->''After the uprising of the 17th of June\\

Under considerable Soviet influence (and with a huge Soviet military presence, the Group of Soviet Forces in Germany), East Germany is best known for the massive amount of surveillance carried out on its citizens by its SecretPolice, the ''[[TheStasi Ministerium für Staatssicherheit]]'' (Ministry for State Security), known as "Stasi". Its police force, the ''Volkspolizei'' (People's Police, known as "Vopos" for short) were also fairly notorious. It built the BerlinWall and heavily fortified the UsefulNotes/IronCurtain to stop its people from fleeing to the West (officially, it was to prevent Western spies going East -- it probably did that, too [[note]]well, except for the Military Liaison Missions, see below[[/note]]).
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Under considerable Soviet influence (and with a huge Soviet military presence, the Group of Soviet Forces in Germany), East Germany is best known for the massive amount of surveillance carried out on its citizens by its SecretPolice, the ''[[TheStasi Ministerium für Staatssicherheit]]'' (Ministry for State Security), known as "Stasi". Its police force, the ''Volkspolizei'' (People's Police, known as "Vopos" for short) were also fairly notorious. It built the BerlinWall UsefulNotes/BerlinWall and heavily fortified the UsefulNotes/IronCurtain to stop its people from fleeing to the West (officially, it was to prevent Western spies going East -- it probably did that, too [[note]]well, except for the Military Liaison Missions, see below[[/note]]).

Like any proper PeoplesRepublicOfTyranny, the German Democratic Republic ''did'' have elections, and other parties than the Socialist SED, but they were far from democratic. East Germans called this voting "Falten gehen" (going to fold), because anybody who did anything but fold their ballot (like crossing out candidates, or even staying at home) and put it in the urn immediately became suspicious. As the East Germans said, the only way to vote was "by foot", i.e. leaving the GDR for UsefulNotes/WestGermany. Well, until 1961 that is, [[BerlinWall afterwards this was less of an option]].
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Like any proper PeoplesRepublicOfTyranny, the German Democratic Republic ''did'' have elections, and other parties than the Socialist SED, but they were far from democratic. East Germans called this voting "Falten gehen" (going to fold), because anybody who did anything but fold their ballot (like crossing out candidates, or even staying at home) and put it in the urn immediately became suspicious. As the East Germans said, the only way to vote was "by foot", i.e. leaving the GDR for UsefulNotes/WestGermany. Well, until 1961 that is, [[BerlinWall [[UsefulNotes/BerlinWall afterwards this was less of an option]].
2nd Nov '15 3:25:55 PM Josef5678
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Under considerable Soviet influence (and with a huge Soviet military presence, the Group of Soviet Forces in Germany), East Germany is best known for the massive amount of surveillance carried out on its citizens by its SecretPolice, the ''[[TheStasi Ministerium für Staatssicherheit]]'' (Ministry for State Security), known as "Stasi". Its police force, the ''Volkspolizei'' (People's Police, known as "Vopos" for short) were also fairly notorious. It built the BerlinWall and heavily fortified the IronCurtain to stop its people from fleeing to the West (officially, it was to prevent Western spies going East -- it probably did that, too [[note]]well, except for the Military Liaison Missions, see below[[/note]]).
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Under considerable Soviet influence (and with a huge Soviet military presence, the Group of Soviet Forces in Germany), East Germany is best known for the massive amount of surveillance carried out on its citizens by its SecretPolice, the ''[[TheStasi Ministerium für Staatssicherheit]]'' (Ministry for State Security), known as "Stasi". Its police force, the ''Volkspolizei'' (People's Police, known as "Vopos" for short) were also fairly notorious. It built the BerlinWall and heavily fortified the IronCurtain UsefulNotes/IronCurtain to stop its people from fleeing to the West (officially, it was to prevent Western spies going East -- it probably did that, too [[note]]well, except for the Military Liaison Missions, see below[[/note]]).
17th Oct '15 4:10:29 AM Morgenthaler
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* [[JohnLeCarre John le Carré]] used East Germany as a subject in his early novels, including ''Call for the Dead'', ''The Looking-Glass War'', and, most strikingly, ''The Spy Who Came in from the Cold''.
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* [[JohnLeCarre John le Carré]] Creator/JohnLeCarre used East Germany as a subject in his early novels, including ''Call for the Dead'', ''The Looking-Glass War'', and, most strikingly, ''The Spy Who Came in from the Cold''.

* ''Night Crossing'', a film about two families who escape from the DDR via a home-made hot air balloon. * The hilarious comedy ''OneTwoThree'' is set in both halves of Berlin, before the wall was built (which lead to DudeNotFunny and TooSoon when this happened shortly before the movie hit the theaters, even if it wasn't director Creator/BillyWilder's fault). * The rogue fictional Eastern Block state of Pottsylvania in The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle, despite the thick Slavic accents of many of its citizens, had many elements making out to be a parody of East Germany, most notably the fact that there were Teutonic Iron Crosses everywhere (despite the East Germans not using the symbol) and the fact that Boris and Natasha's boss Fearless Leader closely reseambled a stereotypical SS officer (a nod to East Germany's Putting On The Reich uniforms.)
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* ''Night Crossing'', ''Film/NightCrossing'', a film about two families who escape from the DDR via a home-made hot air balloon. * The hilarious comedy ''OneTwoThree'' ''Film/OneTwoThree'' is set in both halves of Berlin, before the wall was built (which lead to DudeNotFunny and TooSoon when this happened shortly before the movie hit the theaters, even if it wasn't director Creator/BillyWilder's fault). * The rogue fictional Eastern Block state of Pottsylvania in The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle, ''WesternAnimation/RockyAndBullwinkle'', despite the thick Slavic accents of many of its citizens, had many elements making out to be a parody of East Germany, most notably the fact that there were Teutonic Iron Crosses everywhere (despite the East Germans not using the symbol) and the fact that Boris and Natasha's boss Fearless Leader closely reseambled a stereotypical SS officer (a nod to East Germany's Putting On The Reich uniforms.)
25th Aug '15 9:07:32 AM TheLyniezian
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* ''Series/AktuelleKamera''- the East German TV news broadcast, which was pretty much Propaganda.
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* ''Series/AktuelleKamera''- the East German TV news broadcast, which was pretty much Propaganda. (After 1953 at least, prior to which it was even quite critical of the regime until coverage of the Uprising in that year put paid to that.)
25th Aug '15 9:02:49 AM TheLyniezian
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* ''Der schwarze Kanal'' ("The Black Channel"- derived from a German plumbing term for sewer): Think of a Communist {{MST}}ing of West German television news, only without the humour. Or the popularity. (May fall under SoBadItsGood, though.) Or, basically, you'd have clips of West German news programmes and presenter Karl-Eduard von Schnitzler[[note]]nicknamed "Sudel-Ede", or "Botch Eddie" for his vitriolic style, according to TheOtherWiki[[/note]] providing pro-regime, anti-Western commentary on those clips in an attempt to undermine beliefs that Western news was more accurate than the Eastern offering...
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* ''Der schwarze Kanal'' ("The Black Channel"- derived from a German plumbing term for sewer): Think of a Communist {{MST}}ing of West German television news, only without the humour. Or the popularity. [[note]]One urban myth even going so far as to claim power station enginers struggled to prevent blackouts ensuing from viewers turning their sets off when it was broadcast![[/note]] (May fall under SoBadItsGood, though.) Or, basically, you'd have clips of West German news programmes and presenter Karl-Eduard von Schnitzler[[note]]nicknamed "Sudel-Ede", or "Botch Eddie" for his vitriolic style, according to TheOtherWiki[[/note]] providing pro-regime, anti-Western commentary on those clips in an attempt to undermine beliefs that Western news was more accurate than the Eastern offering...
25th Aug '15 8:58:03 AM TheLyniezian
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* ''Der schwarze Kanal'' ("The Black Channel"- derived from a German plumbing term for sewer): Think of a Communist {{MST}}ing of West German television news, only without the humour. Or the popularity. (May fall under SoBadItsGood, though.) Or, basically, you'd have clips of West German news programmes and presenter Karl-Eduard von Schnitzler[[note]]nicknamed "Sudel-Ede", or "Botch Eddie" for his vitriolic style, according to TheOtherWiki[[/note]] providing pro-regime, anti-Western commentary on those clips in an attempt to undermine beleifs that Western news was more accurate than the Eastern offering...
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* ''Der schwarze Kanal'' ("The Black Channel"- derived from a German plumbing term for sewer): Think of a Communist {{MST}}ing of West German television news, only without the humour. Or the popularity. (May fall under SoBadItsGood, though.) Or, basically, you'd have clips of West German news programmes and presenter Karl-Eduard von Schnitzler[[note]]nicknamed "Sudel-Ede", or "Botch Eddie" for his vitriolic style, according to TheOtherWiki[[/note]] providing pro-regime, anti-Western commentary on those clips in an attempt to undermine beleifs beliefs that Western news was more accurate than the Eastern offering...
25th Aug '15 8:57:23 AM TheLyniezian
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* ''Der schwarze Kanal'' ("The Black Channel"- derived from a German plumbing term for sewer): Think of a Communist {{MST}}ing of West German television news, only without the humour. Or the popularity. (May fall under SoBadItsGood, though.) Or, basically, you'd have clips of West German news programmes and presenter Karl-Eduard von Schnitzler (nicknamed "Sudel-Ede", or "Botch Eddie" for his vitriolic style) providing pro-regime, anti-Western commentary on those clips in an attempt to undermine beleifs that Western news was more accurate than the Eastern offering...
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* ''Der schwarze Kanal'' ("The Black Channel"- derived from a German plumbing term for sewer): Think of a Communist {{MST}}ing of West German television news, only without the humour. Or the popularity. (May fall under SoBadItsGood, though.) Or, basically, you'd have clips of West German news programmes and presenter Karl-Eduard von Schnitzler (nicknamed Schnitzler[[note]]nicknamed "Sudel-Ede", or "Botch Eddie" for his vitriolic style) style, according to TheOtherWiki[[/note]] providing pro-regime, anti-Western commentary on those clips in an attempt to undermine beleifs that Western news was more accurate than the Eastern offering...
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