History UsefulNotes / EastGermany

6th Feb '17 3:39:33 AM DeepRed
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2nd Feb '17 4:02:52 PM m.crumpet
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* The appallingly dreadful film ''Superbabies: Baby Geniuses 2'' involves a superpowered baby secret agent codenamed Kahuna (just go with it) whose jealous older brother seeks to spite him by defecting to East Germany and growing up to be a Stasi captain performing medical experiments on children(and later turned television producer) imprisoning his victims beneath the Berlin Wall, played by a painfully scenery-chewing John Voigt.

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* The appallingly dreadful film ''Superbabies: Baby Geniuses 2'' involves a superpowered baby secret agent codenamed Kahuna (just go with it) whose jealous older brother seeks to spite him by defecting to East Germany and growing up to be a Stasi captain (later turned television producer) performing medical experiments on children(and later turned television producer) children, imprisoning his victims beneath the Berlin Wall, and played by a painfully scenery-chewing John Voigt.
26th Jan '17 6:24:39 AM Willbyr
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* In Anime/{{Cyborg 009}}, Albert Heinrich aka 004's backstory in almost all continuities (save for the Archaia graphic novel) reveals that he was an East German truck driver who tried to defect with his girlfriend Hilda via using the truck to go past the Berlin Wall. It soon went FromBadToWorse, with her dying and him being wounded and then re-made into a cyborg by Black Ghost. (Plus 40 years of cryogenic sleep in the 2001 series, thanks to its SettingUpdate.)

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* In Anime/{{Cyborg 009}}, ''Manga/{{Cyborg 009}}'', Albert Heinrich aka 004's backstory in almost all continuities (save for the Archaia graphic novel) reveals that he was an East German truck driver who tried to defect with his girlfriend Hilda via using the truck to go past the Berlin Wall. It soon went FromBadToWorse, with her dying and him being wounded and then re-made into a cyborg by Black Ghost. (Plus 40 years of cryogenic sleep in the 2001 series, thanks to its SettingUpdate.)


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11th Nov '16 2:49:40 PM Terran117
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** That said [[https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/2/26/Map_of_Pottsylvania.jpg/440px-Map_of_Pottsylvania.jpg Pottsylvania's geography seems to be based off of East Prussia]] (at least from the map), which had been split between the USSR and Poland at that point. That does make the Iron Cross thing a little more appropriate if they are [[NinjaPirateRobotZombie East German, Soviet, Imperial Prussians]]
23rd Oct '16 12:05:15 PM Jhonny
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On the other hand, the East German rail network retained the pre-1945 name of Deutsche Reichsbahn ("German Imperial Railways"), while the West Germans renamed theirs [[UsefulNotes/DeutscheBahn Deutsche Bundesbahn]] ("German Federal Railways"). This may have been done since several treaties dating to the end of UsefulNotes/WorldWarII mentioned special privileges--particularly relating to trackage rights in West Berlin, including the right to run the [[UsefulNotes/BerlinUAndSBahn S-Bahn]] there--given by name to ''Deutsche Reichsbahn'' that might not have transferred automatically to ''VEB Bahn der DDR'' or some such, so it was best not to risk it. In 1994 the two were unified to form the new "Deutsche Bahn AG", though the name "Bundesbahn" somehow still sticks around in the minds of many West-Germans.

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On the other hand, the East German rail network retained the pre-1945 name of Deutsche Reichsbahn ("German Imperial Railways"), while the West Germans renamed theirs [[UsefulNotes/DeutscheBahn Deutsche Bundesbahn]] ("German Federal Railways"). This may have been done since several treaties dating to the end of UsefulNotes/WorldWarII mentioned special privileges--particularly relating to trackage rights in West Berlin, including the right to run the [[UsefulNotes/BerlinUAndSBahn S-Bahn]] there--given by name to ''Deutsche Reichsbahn'' that might not have transferred automatically to ''VEB Bahn der DDR'' or some such, so it was best not to risk it. In 1994 the two were unified to form the new "Deutsche Bahn AG", though the name "Bundesbahn" somehow still sticks around in the minds of many West-Germans.
West-Germans. The GDR-Reichsbahn is famous among many a RailEnthusiast because [[SteamNeverDies steam died very late]] in the GDR. Until well into the 1980s, steam was employed on main lines which was mostly due to the lack of electrification (all pre-war electrification was taken to the Soviet Union as war reparation) and the fact that the GDR had lignite in abundance but hardly any oil deposits. Steam's main downsides (inefficiency and need for a lot of human labor) were of no major concern to the GDR authorities, as they ''wanted'' everybody to have a job (and only got it done by having a lot of people work less than full jobs, but paying them as if they were) and lignite was cheap and plentiful. As to speed, the horrible condition of most tracks allowed no more than 120 km/h on most lines, which was well within reach of pre-war era steam locomotives anyway.
23rd Oct '16 12:00:39 PM Jhonny
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The GDR was also famous for its bureaucratic nomenclature. Coffins for example were named ''Erdmöbel'' (literally: ground furniture), or the term ''Sättigungsbeilage'' (literally: ''[[EvenTheSubtitlerIsStumped Well, it is difficult to translate, really.]]'' It would be something like "a filling side dish", and means stuff like potatoes, dumplings or rice as a supplement to a proper meal[[note]]Though German cuisine usually includes one source of carbohydrates as a necessary component of a proper meal, besides meat and vegetables. So it's doubly strange that it was called a "supplement".[[/note]]). Even more hilarious were the words they invented for religious stuff, like ''Frühjahrsschokoladenhohlkörper'' (hollow chocolate article of spring - a chocolate Easter Bunny) and ''Jahresendflügelpuppe'' (winged doll of the year's end - a Christmas angel for the Christmas tree and the like). The reason: Religion wasn't verboten in the GDR, but the ruling people didn't like it too much either.

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The GDR was also famous for its bureaucratic nomenclature. Coffins for example were named ''Erdmöbel'' (literally: ground furniture), or the term ''Sättigungsbeilage'' (literally: ''[[EvenTheSubtitlerIsStumped Well, it is difficult to translate, really.]]'' It would be something like "a filling side dish", and means stuff like potatoes, dumplings or rice as a supplement to a proper meal[[note]]Though German cuisine usually includes one source of carbohydrates as a necessary component of a proper meal, besides meat and vegetables. So it's doubly strange that it was called a "supplement".[[/note]]). Even more hilarious were the words they invented for religious stuff, like ''Frühjahrsschokoladenhohlkörper'' (hollow chocolate article of spring - a chocolate Easter Bunny) and ''Jahresendflügelpuppe'' (winged doll of the year's end - a Christmas angel for the Christmas tree and the like). The reason: Religion wasn't verboten in the GDR, but the ruling people didn't like it too much either.
either. To what extent any of those words were ever actually and seriously used by anybody is still debated, much like alleged Berlin slang terms for several landmarks in UsefulNotes/{{Berlin}} that nobody but tourist and guidebooks seem to actually use.
23rd Oct '16 11:46:36 AM Jhonny
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During its early years, the conservative government of UsefulNotes/WestGermany did everything they could to not acknowledge East Germany's existence; breaking off diplomatic relations with every state (other than the USSR, which was too big to ignore) that acknowledged the GDR, calling it derogatory names like "[[Series/EinHerzUndEineSeele Ostzone]]" (east zone), "Sowjetische Besatzungszone" (Soviet-occupied Zone), "so-called GDR" and "Undeutsche Undemokratische Diktatur" ([[PeoplesRepublicOfTyranny Un-German Undemocratic Dictatorship]]), and generally claiming that western Germany was the only legitimate German state. The GDR rulers did the same, just the other way round. Later, under Social Democrat Willy Brandt, diplomatic relations between the Germanies improved (the so-called ''Neue Ostpolitik'', "New Eastern Policy") and relations with the Eastern Bloc were established. However, all the way until 1990 there was a lot of InsistentTeminology on the part of West Germany when it came to the East. For instance, the "embassy" in East Berlin was not called a ''Botschaft'' but a "''ständige Vertretung''" and maps went to absurd lengths when describing the ''de facto'' borders of Europe with terms like "administered by Poland" for the former German territories east of Oder and Neiße.

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During its early years, the conservative government of UsefulNotes/WestGermany did everything they could to not acknowledge East Germany's existence; breaking off diplomatic relations with every state (other than the USSR, which was too big to ignore) that acknowledged the GDR, calling it derogatory names like "[[Series/EinHerzUndEineSeele Ostzone]]" (east zone), "Sowjetische Besatzungszone" (Soviet-occupied Zone), "so-called GDR" and "Undeutsche Undemokratische Diktatur" ([[PeoplesRepublicOfTyranny Un-German Undemocratic Dictatorship]]), and generally claiming that western Germany was the only legitimate German state. The GDR rulers did the same, just the other way round. Later, under Social Democrat Willy Brandt, diplomatic relations between the Germanies improved (the so-called ''Neue Ostpolitik'', "New Eastern Policy") and relations with the Eastern Bloc were established. However, all the way until 1990 there was a lot of InsistentTeminology InsistentTerminology on the part of West Germany when it came to the East. For instance, the "embassy" in East Berlin was not called a ''Botschaft'' but a "''ständige Vertretung''" and maps went to absurd lengths when describing the ''de facto'' borders of Europe with terms like "administered by Poland" for the former German territories east of Oder and Neiße.
23rd Oct '16 11:45:26 AM Jhonny
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During its early years, the conservative government of UsefulNotes/WestGermany did everything they could to not acknowledge East Germany's existence; breaking off diplomatic relations with every state (other than the USSR, which was too big to ignore) that acknowledged the GDR, calling it derogatory names like "[[Series/EinHerzUndEineSeele Ostzone]]" (east zone), "Sowjetische Besatzungszone" (Soviet-occupied Zone), "so-called GDR" and "Undeutsche Undemokratische Diktatur" ([[PeoplesRepublicOfTyranny Un-German Undemocratic Dictatorship]]), and generally claiming that western Germany was the only legitimate German state. The GDR rulers did the same, just the other way round. Later, under Social Democrat Willy Brandt, diplomatic relations between the Germanies improved (the so-called ''Neue Ostpolitik'', "New Eastern Policy") and relations with the Eastern Bloc were established.

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During its early years, the conservative government of UsefulNotes/WestGermany did everything they could to not acknowledge East Germany's existence; breaking off diplomatic relations with every state (other than the USSR, which was too big to ignore) that acknowledged the GDR, calling it derogatory names like "[[Series/EinHerzUndEineSeele Ostzone]]" (east zone), "Sowjetische Besatzungszone" (Soviet-occupied Zone), "so-called GDR" and "Undeutsche Undemokratische Diktatur" ([[PeoplesRepublicOfTyranny Un-German Undemocratic Dictatorship]]), and generally claiming that western Germany was the only legitimate German state. The GDR rulers did the same, just the other way round. Later, under Social Democrat Willy Brandt, diplomatic relations between the Germanies improved (the so-called ''Neue Ostpolitik'', "New Eastern Policy") and relations with the Eastern Bloc were established.
established. However, all the way until 1990 there was a lot of InsistentTeminology on the part of West Germany when it came to the East. For instance, the "embassy" in East Berlin was not called a ''Botschaft'' but a "''ständige Vertretung''" and maps went to absurd lengths when describing the ''de facto'' borders of Europe with terms like "administered by Poland" for the former German territories east of Oder and Neiße.
23rd Oct '16 11:13:47 AM nombretomado
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* ''Series/TheSingingRingingTree'', a fairy tale filmed by the East German DEFA studio in 1957 and adapted by the BBC as part of the "Tales From Europe" strand, being oft-repeated on British TV during the 1960s and 70s. Well enough known to have been spoofed by TheFastShow.

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* ''Series/TheSingingRingingTree'', a fairy tale filmed by the East German DEFA studio in 1957 and adapted by the BBC as part of the "Tales From Europe" strand, being oft-repeated on British TV during the 1960s and 70s. Well enough known to have been spoofed by TheFastShow.''Series/TheFastShow''.
7th Sep '16 1:15:06 AM Morgenthaler
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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 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]]).

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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 ''[[UsefulNotes/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 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]]).
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