DittoThere was a prog on BBC 4 last night, part of the BBC’s celebration of the anniversary
By the way. I translated all this (and much more about the Stasi) and submitted it to a former, high-ranking Stasi officer for his opinion. He confirmed my figures.
Where in that interesting piece of socialist propoganda does Herr Schmidt verify your figures as you cliamed?
The "Official Secrets Act" is the absolute bottom rung of the security system ladder for our nation that has to be signed by any person before they even set foot in a military establishment, and that's before the lowest level of vetting is done. Really just an agreement that the person doing the signing will do the right thing thereafter or suffer the consequences.I assume that was because of the quirky article in the “Official Secrets Act” forbidding former members of the British Armed Forces to visit or pass through present of former “Communist” countries.
I used the terms 'the Eastern Bloc' and 'communist country' because it is easier to use a generic term. In addition, I was never interested in the flavour of communism or who shafted whom, but just interested in preventing the bastards doing it to us.No way! The GDR was the most Stalinistic of the Warsaw Pact countries. There was a time during the mid to late 1950s that the GDR was well on its way to finding a form of “German Socialism”, but that was nipped in the bud by Walther Ulbricht who, ironically, was dethroned by Honecker for “failing to toe the Moscow line”.
In the first sentence swap 'communism' for 'that regime' and it should then be more appropriate ...There were never any Germans who “never knew anything but Communism”. But there were a lot of Germans who followed the Socialist ideal (and not only in East Germany). What the East Germans did is to arrange their lives around the GDR regime. It meant that they could live a wholly satisfactory and fulfilling life. If they kept their heads down and screwed the bob, as did millions in the GDR, they never had to worry about the Stasi or any other state authorities. Sure, they liked things to be organised for them, but who doesn’t? During my whole time in the British Army, I never once heard any of the comrades complain that their life was “far too organised”. In stark contrast: it was good to know that you could go to the cookhouse for your scran at mealtimes and know it would be there, it was good to know that the SNCOs had organised various tasks to last out the day and it was good to know when you could finally lay back and relax, change into your civvies and go out on the town. All, essentially, “organised”, but no-one ever complained.
Seems the mental division is still as clear as the physical one on the IGB was the last time I drove across it.Your survey does not back up your conclusions.
65% of over 50's in 2016 would be in their 20's when the wall came down and 45% of the 25 - 35 year olds either weren't born or were too young to remember.
It seems "Ostalgie" is rife in the unborn!
You could save a lot of hassle (and crayoning) if you applied a perma ban to him from CA.Your occasional reminder that bypassing the swear-filter in CA attracts all sorts of points: and not in a good way.
Ex “Rocking Horse”...Right up there at the top of my list of postings over the years and feel privileged to have been there whilst the wall was still up. Great memories of amongst other things, Ex Rocking horse, Ruhleben FIBUA complex, Grunewald, Checkpoints Alpha/Charlie, military train, shopping in East Berlin in No2 dress, guarding Rudolph Hess in Spandau prison, swimming in the Havel, marching down the Unter Der Linden with the Yanks and French as part of the annual allied parade, Battalion photograph on the steps of the Reichstag, proper winters and FRIS . Who said the army was dull?
Above all, marching with my Borderer brothers, pipes and drums leading, from the Olympic stadium onto the Mayfield to parade in front of Her Majesty - awesome!
1987 Queen's Birthday parade IIRC.Above all, marching with my Borderer brothers, pipes and drums leading, from the Olympic stadium onto the Mayfield to parade in front of Her Majesty - awesome!
Don't have to be Osties.I wonder how many hardline former East Germans are now working in the halls and pulling the strings of policy in Brussels, and, how this event affected the events leading up to the signing of Maastricht treaty a few years later?
Angela Merkel was a dab hand at agitation and propagandaI wonder how many hardline former East Germans are now working in the halls and pulling the strings of policy in Brussels, and, how this event affected the events leading up to the signing of Maastricht treaty a few years later?
She learned Russian which meant she intended getting to the top whatever.Angela Merkel was a dab hand at agitation and propaganda
Wasn't she in the Freie Deutsche Jugend (FDJ), the East German Communist equivalent of the Hitler Youth at one point
Eventually becoming the FDJ Secretary for Agitation and Propaganda (“Agitprop”) at the Academy of Sciences in East Berlin