History UsefulNotes / EastGermany

10th Jun '18 3:24:19 AM SilentHunterUK
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East Germany also did quite well in sporting events... largely because many of its athletes were doped up to the eyeballs with the latest performance-enhancing drugs, in an effort to make the Communist regime look like it was working on the international stage. Most would suffer serious health problems as a result. In American TV of the [[TheSeventies seventies]] and [[TheEighties eighties]] look for many jokes about East German sportswomen [[CreepyCrossdresser not really being women]] due to the BrawnHilda-esque features that the drugs produced in female athletes. On the flip side to this, no-one could accuse figure skater Katarina Witt, who won two Olympic golds in 1984 and 1988 along with a string of other titles, of being male; her elaborate and revealing costumes (which the the International Skating Union would change their rules to ban) led to her being dubbed "the most beautiful face of socialism" by ''Time'' magazine and who posed nude for a sell-out *Playboy* after the Wall came down.

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East Germany also did quite well in sporting events... largely because many of its athletes were doped up to the eyeballs with the latest performance-enhancing drugs, in an effort to make the Communist regime look like it was working on the international stage. Most would suffer serious health problems as a result. In American TV of the [[TheSeventies seventies]] and [[TheEighties eighties]] look for many jokes about East German sportswomen [[CreepyCrossdresser not really being women]] due to the BrawnHilda-esque features that the drugs produced in female athletes. On the flip side to this, no-one could accuse figure skater Katarina Witt, who won two Olympic golds in 1984 and 1988 along with a string of other titles, of being male; her elaborate and revealing costumes (which the the International Skating Union would change their rules to ban) led to her being dubbed "the most beautiful face of socialism" by ''Time'' magazine and who posed nude for a sell-out *Playboy* ''Playboy'' after the Wall came down.
25th Apr '18 7:52:50 PM Saveelich
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* The ''Film/JamesBond'' film ''Film/{{Octopussy}}'' has BigBadDuumvirate General Orlov and Prince Kamal Khan attempting to detonate a nuclear bomb on a US Air Base in West Germany to trigger WorldWarIII. They transport the bomb using Octopussy's Circus, hiding it in a train wagon when it is on a stop in the East German city of Karl-Marx-Stadt (renamed Chemnitz in 1990). Bond himself has to cross the Berlin Wall at Checkpoint Charlie.
22nd Apr '18 10:45:31 PM VanHohenheimOfXerxes
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East Germany also did quite well in sporting events... largely because many of its athletes were doped up to the eyeballs with the latest performance-enhancing drugs, in an effort to make the Communist regime look like it was working on the international stage. Most would suffer serious health problems as a result. In American TV of the [[TheSeventies seventies]] and [[TheEighties eighties]] look for many jokes about East German sportswomen [[CreepyCrossdresser not really being women]]. On the flip side to this, no-one could accuse figure skater Katarina Witt, who won two Olympic golds in 1984 and 1988 along with a string of other titles, of being male; her elaborate and revealing costumes (which the the International Skating Union would change their rules to ban) led to her being dubbed "the most beautiful face of socialism" by ''Time'' magazine and who posed nude for a sell-out *Playboy* after the Wall came down.

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East Germany also did quite well in sporting events... largely because many of its athletes were doped up to the eyeballs with the latest performance-enhancing drugs, in an effort to make the Communist regime look like it was working on the international stage. Most would suffer serious health problems as a result. In American TV of the [[TheSeventies seventies]] and [[TheEighties eighties]] look for many jokes about East German sportswomen [[CreepyCrossdresser not really being women]].women]] due to the BrawnHilda-esque features that the drugs produced in female athletes. On the flip side to this, no-one could accuse figure skater Katarina Witt, who won two Olympic golds in 1984 and 1988 along with a string of other titles, of being male; her elaborate and revealing costumes (which the the International Skating Union would change their rules to ban) led to her being dubbed "the most beautiful face of socialism" by ''Time'' magazine and who posed nude for a sell-out *Playboy* after the Wall came down.
12th Apr '18 11:05:13 AM VanHohenheimOfXerxes
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There is a degree of "Ostalgie" ("Eastalgia") in UsefulNotes/TheBerlinRepublic, including GDR-themed parties.

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There is a degree of [[WhyWeAreBummedCommunismFell "Ostalgie" ("Eastalgia") ("Eastalgia")]] in UsefulNotes/TheBerlinRepublic, including GDR-themed parties.
13th Feb '18 2:49:46 AM Cryoclaste
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East German agents were also common in UsefulNotes/ColdWar fiction, partly because of their major role in the WarsawPact and partly (possibly) to what might be called the "[[WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons German Commie Nazi]]" factor, which allowed writers to combine the worst stereotypes of Germans, Nazis and Communists.

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East German agents were also common in UsefulNotes/ColdWar fiction, partly because of their major role in the WarsawPact UsefulNotes/WarsawPact and partly (possibly) to what might be called the "[[WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons German Commie Nazi]]" factor, which allowed writers to combine the worst stereotypes of Germans, Nazis and Communists.
4th Feb '18 6:36:10 PM Romagnadvoratrelundar
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The German abbreviation for "German Democratic Republic" is "DDR" ("Day-Day-Air" in the German pronounciation), but has [[JustForFun/IThoughtThatWas nothing to do with]] ''VideoGame/DanceDanceRevolution''.

In a curious note, the DDR also does not own an island off the coast of Cuba as a gift from Castro, although some [[SarcasmMode incredibly funny people]] like to twist facts to make it look that way.

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The German abbreviation for "German Democratic Republic" is "DDR" ("Day-Day-Air" in the German pronounciation), but has [[JustForFun/IThoughtThatWas nothing to do with]] ''VideoGame/DanceDanceRevolution''.

''VideoGame/DanceDanceRevolution''.[[note]]Or with [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DDR_SDRAM double-data-rate synchronous dynamic random-access memory]].[[/note]]

In a curious note, the DDR also does not own [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ernst_Thälmann_Island an island off the coast of Cuba Cuba]] as a gift from Castro, although some [[SarcasmMode incredibly funny people]] like to twist facts to make it look that way.
6th Jan '18 4:48:55 PM nombretomado
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The German abbreviation for "German Democratic Republic" is "DDR" ("Day-Day-Air" in the German pronounciation), but has [[IThoughtThatWas nothing to do with]] ''VideoGame/DanceDanceRevolution''.

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The German abbreviation for "German Democratic Republic" is "DDR" ("Day-Day-Air" in the German pronounciation), but has [[IThoughtThatWas [[JustForFun/IThoughtThatWas nothing to do with]] ''VideoGame/DanceDanceRevolution''.
30th Dec '17 4:18:19 AM SilentHunterUK
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East Germany also did quite well in sporting events... largely because many of its athletes were doped up to the eyeballs with the latest performance-enhancing drugs, in an effort to make the Communist regime look like it was working on the international stage. Most would suffer serious health problems as a result. In American TV of the [[TheSeventies seventies]] and [[TheEighties eighties]] look for many jokes about East German sportswomen [[CreepyCrossdresser not really being women]]. Less amusingly, some female athletes were so badly messed up by the doping regimen (which in some cases started at the age of ''ten'') that they had to undergo a full sex change operation, while others found themselves unable to properly bear children.

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East Germany also did quite well in sporting events... largely because many of its athletes were doped up to the eyeballs with the latest performance-enhancing drugs, in an effort to make the Communist regime look like it was working on the international stage. Most would suffer serious health problems as a result. In American TV of the [[TheSeventies seventies]] and [[TheEighties eighties]] look for many jokes about East German sportswomen [[CreepyCrossdresser not really being women]]. On the flip side to this, no-one could accuse figure skater Katarina Witt, who won two Olympic golds in 1984 and 1988 along with a string of other titles, of being male; her elaborate and revealing costumes (which the the International Skating Union would change their rules to ban) led to her being dubbed "the most beautiful face of socialism" by ''Time'' magazine and who posed nude for a sell-out *Playboy* after the Wall came down.

Less amusingly, some female athletes were so badly messed up by the doping regimen (which in some cases started at the age of ''ten'') that they had to undergo a full sex change operation, while others found themselves unable to properly bear children.
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The German abbreviation for "German Democratic Republic" is "DDR", but has [[IThoughtThatWas nothing to do with]] ''VideoGame/DanceDanceRevolution''.

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The German abbreviation for "German Democratic Republic" is "DDR", "DDR" ("Day-Day-Air" in the German pronounciation), but has [[IThoughtThatWas nothing to do with]] ''VideoGame/DanceDanceRevolution''.



''Film/CoolRunnings'' features a nasty East German. The East German Judge was a common element at international sporting events such as TheOlympics, where they would invariably give ridiculously low scores to anyone not from CommieLand; the term has come to mean anyone who seems to grade harshly and give low scores, such as Kishi Asako on ''Series/IronChef''.

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''Film/CoolRunnings'' features a nasty East German. The East German Judge was a common element at international sporting events such as TheOlympics, where they would invariably give ridiculously low scores to anyone not from CommieLand; the term has come to mean anyone who seems to grade harshly and give low scores, such as Kishi Asako on ''Series/IronChef''.
''Series/IronChef''. In a somewhat humorous irony, Katarina Witt (the aforementioned former figure skater) judged for a season on Series/DancingOnIce, but does not appear to have been a harsh marker.
18th Oct '17 1:58:38 PM SilentHunterUK
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* ''Series/{{Deutschland 83}}'' is a heavily acclaimed German series involving both this and UsefulNotes/TheBonnRepublic.
* ''Der gleiche Himmel'' ("The Same Sky") is a 2016 ZDF series set in 1974 involving a Stasi Romeo agent sent to seduce a woman working at the NSA listening site in West Berlin, a family looking to get their daughter into the GDR Olympic team and a gay teacher.
11th Oct '17 5:47:45 AM GMantis
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-->-- '''Creator/BertoltBrecht''', "Die Lösung", written after the East German government and [[UsefulNotes/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 [[UsefulNotes/RedsWithRockets Soviet forces]] massacred 513 48 workers demonstrating for better conditions.
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