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  • OBAMA: My Highway Plan Is 'Not Crazy, It's Not Socialism, It's Not The Imperial Presidency'

    07/01/2014 1:04:07 PM PDT · by PoloSec · 52 replies
    Business Insider ^ | July 1 2014 | Brett LoGiurato
    A rather exasperated President Barack Obama pressed Congress to find a solution to the looming Highway Trust Fund crisis, arguing "it's not socialism" to want to build new highways and bridges in the country. "It's not crazy. It's not socialism. It's not the imperial presidency," -SNIP- "It's not like they've been busy with other stuff! No, seriously," Obama said. Republicans and Democrats in Congress are still divided on both a short-term solution to finance highway projects through the rest of the year and a long-term fix for the shortfall. Two senators introduced a bipartisan plan to incrementally raise the 18.4...
  • The Merger of the Party and the State

    06/25/2014 5:40:52 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    Steyn Online ^ | June 24, 2014 | Mark Steyn
    Here at SteynOnline every cutting-edge pop culture reference has to be at least three-quarters of a century old. So, watching the IRS Commissioner John Koskinen, I found him a dead ringer for Guy Kibbee, the beaming befuddled sugar daddy who was a mainstay at Warner Brothers in the early Thirties. Mr Koskinen is a Democrat sugar daddy who has given generously to his party since the Seventies: He's not the kind of sober civil servant you'd appoint if you were looking to signal to America that King Barack's revenue collectors are cleaning house and returning, chastened, to their previous role...
  • German reunification bill hits €2,000,000,000,000

    05/05/2014 5:49:19 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 11 replies ^ | 05 May 2014 12:46 GMT+02:00 | J. Arthur White
    Researchers estimate that 25 years of financial support flowing from the former West into East Germany has cost just under €2 trillion ($2.8 trillion). In a study commissioned by the Welt am Sonntag, economists at the Berlin-based research association SED-Staat added up all transfers to East German states and individuals since reunification to come up with the astronomical figure. The difference between the social benefits collected by East Germans and their tax contributions made up the bulk of the price tag at about 60-65 percent of the total, the study showed. …
  • The Lives Of Others

    08/09/2013 4:46:44 PM PDT · by Bogie · 22 replies
  • Movie for a Sunday afternoon: "One, Two, Three"(1961)

    07/28/2013 11:56:09 AM PDT · by ReformationFan · 35 replies
    You Tube ^ | 1961 | Billy Wilder
  • Merkel: German chancellor under fire over Communist links as image of her in uniform is released

    05/22/2013 5:12:08 PM PDT · by Whenifhow · 33 replies ^ | 21 May 2013 | | Alan Hall
    She denies she was close to the Communist rulers in East Germany, where she grew up. So this 1972 photo of her in military-style uniform has left German Chancellor Angela Merkel ‘not amused’. Then called Angela Kasner and aged 17, she is shown happily involved in a civil defence exercise under the gaze of an East German officer. Snip Sonja Felssberg, now 58 and an old school comrade, found the photo and handed it to a national German newspaper. Mrs Merkel will hope the row doesn't undermine her bid for a third term in office Mrs Merkel will hope the...
  • "The Lives of Others" Movie recommendation (in light of the 0bama scandals)

    05/21/2013 4:26:04 PM PDT · by FrdmLvr · 37 replies
    I immediately though of this movie about the E. German Stasi when these scandals broke a week or so ago, The Lives of Others. Has anyone seen it? Do you agree?
  • New Biography Causes Stir: How Close Was Merkel to the Communist System?

    05/14/2013 12:30:17 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 14 replies
    Der Spiegel ^ | May 14, 2013 – 04:04 PM | (cro)
    A new biography covering Chancellor Angela Merkel’s life in East Germany has caused a stir by suggesting she was closer to the communist apparatus and its ideology than previously thought. Published this week and written by journalists Günther Lachmann and Ralf Georg Reuth, the book quotes Gunter Walther, a former colleague of hers at the Academy of Sciences in East Berlin, as saying she had been secretary for “Agitation and Propaganda” in the Freie Deutsche Jugend (FDJ) youth organization at the institute. Merkel, a trained physicist, worked at the academy from 1978 until 1989. … Merkel has said in the...
  • (Urban Legend Comes True!) Magdeburg Germany Waterworks Keeps Crocodile Mascot at Sewage Plant

    04/24/2013 7:55:25 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 4 replies
    The Local ^ | 23 Apr 13 | The Local
    Magdeburg waterworks keeps crocodile mascot Nearly 40 years ago, the African nation of Mali gave former East Germany a baby crocodile as a gift. Now, Theophila is over three metres long and lives in Magdeburg's water treatment plant where she has become a local legend. Theophila, a nile crocodile, arrived in the communist country as a thank you from the Malian town of Kayes for building its waterworks some four decades ago. Just 22 centimetres long, the boss of the Colbitz water plant at the time, Gunter Hellmann, never imagined she would still be paddling around today. “The African mentality...
  • Sweden: where only 3% of the population uses cash

    04/08/2013 1:44:05 PM PDT · by WesternCulture · 83 replies ^ | 04/08/2013 | WesternCulture
    Sweden really is annoying. We've made both Germany and Russia look like fools on battle fields. We haven't experienced war for two centuries by now, but we're prepared for the next one. We once were poor, but today, we enjoy a standard of living that clearly is better than that of the average American or any other country on Earth for that sake. Few Americans could afford a car like the Volvo V70 (best selling car in Sweden) and only a small percentage of the American population own second homes (very common in Sweden). Furthermore, my Sweden is more technologically...
  • East Germany's STASI Sold Citizens to Western Pharmaceutical Companies as Human Guinea Pigs

    12/04/2012 12:21:03 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 11 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 4 December 2012 | Allan Hall
    East Germany's secret police sold citizens to western pharmaceutical companies to use as human guinea pigs in drug trials • Tens of thousands tested with experimental drugs not approved in the West • One study of a drug for heart conditions saw six out of 17 patients die • Sinister practice exposed in disturbing new Germany documentary Former Communist East Germany secretly sold its citizens to western pharmaceutical companies to use as human guinea pigs in drug trials. Tens of thousands of sick people in the former German Democratic Republic were treated with medicines not approved in the West to...

    02/15/2005 8:40:00 PM PST · by Calpernia · 14 replies · 721+ views
    Various ^ | Aug 11 2004 | Elliott A Green
    The most striking proof that the Arab anti-Israel cause is a common meeting ground for both Nazis and Communists --and that the Arabs welcomed supporters of both ilks-- lies in the friendship of Carlos, the notorious master terrorist who served the PLO, with Fran*ois Genoud, an old Nazi, one of the leading Nazis in pre-War Switzerland, later a financier who provided funds for Habash's faction of the PLO. "Carlos" (his nom de guerre) was what is called a "red diaper baby." His fabulously rich father, a Venezuelan lawyer and owner of estates, gave "Carlos" the name Ilich, Lenin's patronymic, as...
  • Eastern Germany: the most godless place on Earth

    09/23/2012 6:03:09 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 09/23/2012 | Peter Thompson
    They are sending missionaries to eastern Germany. A recent study called Beliefs About God Across Time and Countries found that 52.1% of people asked whether they believed in God identified themselves as atheists. This compared with only 10.3% in western Germany. Indeed, the survey was unable to find a single person under the age of 28 in eastern Germany who believed in God. Obviously there are some – I think I may have even met some once – but the survey was unable to find them. On the face of it this is an extraordinary finding and it is something...
  • Op-Ed: Same Old Germany: Remembering Rostock-Lichtenhagen

    08/25/2012 2:52:51 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 10 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 25/8/12 | Kevin Zdiara
    It has been exactly twenty years now, but the images just won’t go away. I remember August 24, 1992 as if it was yesterday. I was eleven years old and on TV I saw houses burning, people applauding, cheering and shouting, “We’ll get all of you!” and “Germany for Germans! Foreigners out!” Those words were directed towards the more than one-hundred people trapped inside the houses. It was in Rostock- Lichtenhagen, a huge housing complex in East Germany, where several thousand Asylum seekers and immigrants were living among some ten thousand Germans. Just days before German authorities planned to evacuate...
  • East German Stasi Considered Ratzinger a Fierce Foe (How Secret Police Spied on Future Pope)

    09/17/2011 5:20:10 AM PDT · by markomalley · 5 replies
    Zenit ^ | 9/15/11 | Edward Pentin
    In 1974, a Trabant -- an old East German car -- was chugging through the Thuringian countryside, a province in the communist German Democratic Republic.In its passenger seat sat Professor Joseph Ratzinger and at the wheel was Father Joachim Wanke, then an assistant at a local seminary -- the only one in the GDR.The two priests, writes Rainer Erice, a journalist for the German radio station Mitteldeutsche Rundfunk Thüringen (MDR), were on a harmless sightseeing tour, taking in the historic cities of Jena and Weimar. It was a moment of relaxation during Father Ratzinger's short visit to East Germany, the...
  • Fashion Secrets of the Stasi

    08/04/2011 10:13:54 AM PDT · by AfricanChristian · 13 replies
    For a profession as covert as theirs, you might have thought the Stasi would kit out their spies with an inconspicuous wardrobe to aid them in their secretive work. However far from blending in, a new exhibition has revealed that operatives from the secret police of former East Germany looked astonishingly like, well, spies. Dodgy fashion secrets of the Stasi show how they seem to have taken a leaf out of the book of many a Hollywood screen spy.
  • Alarm Bells - Radical Union Leader Appointed to Important Trade Post

    02/19/2011 9:30:24 PM PST · by Nachum · 7 replies
    New Zeal ^ | 2/19/11 | Trevor Loudon
    President Barack Obama has appointed a far left labor unionist to a security sensitive U.S. trade post. Bob King On February 16, 2011,  Obama  announced the appointment of United Auto Workers president Bob King to the Advisory Committee for Trade Policy and Negotiations. As U.S. trade positions and data are always  key targets of foreign intelligence services, one would think that appointments to such a body would be subject to thorough scrutiny. Either this was not done in King's case, or affiliation with far left organizations, is no longer considered any sort of danger to national security in today's Washington....
  • Obama File 111 Degrees of Separation - Obama, Socialist Scholars and the East German Spy

    10/13/2010 10:37:47 AM PDT · by Nachum · 2 replies
    new zeal ^ | 10/13/10 | Trevor Loudon
    Obama File 110 hereStanley Kurtz's new book "Radical-in-Chief: Barack Obama and the Untold Story of American Socialism", finally proves that Barack Obama attended the Democratic Socialists of America - run Socialist Scholars Conferences in 1983 and 1984. He also reveals how some of the marxists participating in those conferences would influence Obama's career in later years. In this post I look at the 10th annual Socialist Scholars Conference held at the Borough of Manhattan Community College in April 1992. One panel in particular was important: "Towards a New Party", with Elaine Bernard, Arthur Lipow, Kurt Stand and Judy Page. The...
  • Gareth Jones’ Diaries On Display

    11/17/2009 1:24:18 PM PST · by iopscusa · 197+ views
    Johnny Newton blogsite ^ | 11/15/09 | Gareth Jones
    The diaries of the journalist who helped expose the Soviet Terror Famine in the Ukraine are now on display in Cambridge. At the time of his writings he was denounced as a liar by Soviet sympathizers including Walter Duranty of the New York Times. Had he not died in suspicious circumstances he would no doubt have been pleased to see that the truth of his accounts is now accepted, although he would perhaps be disappointed to see that one of the outlets for his writing, the Guardian (then the Manchester Guardian), frequently publishes articles explicitly and implicitly supportive of totalitarian...
  • Mainline churches in East Germany rediscover a sense of mission

    11/13/2009 9:59:18 AM PST · by mbarker12474 · 4 replies · 300+ views
    Christianity Today 1 October 2009 ^ | 1 October 2009 | Susan Wunderink, Christianity Today
    from Christianity Today, 1 October 2009 A Lost Generation Mainline churches in East Germany rediscover a sense of mission. Susan Wunderink | posted 10/01/2009 10:02AM Twenty years after.... But some formerly liberal church leaders have a newfound interest in evangelism.... .... Uwe Siemon-Netto, director of the Center for Lutheran Theology and Public Life, says the German Protestant church recognized the fall of the Berlin Wall as a miracle. "Then," he said, "it flipped back and returned to its goofy liberal ways." To many East Germans, the social gospel preached from many Protestant pulpits sounded very much like a successor...
  • How a Christian Family Stood Up to Tyranny

    11/10/2009 8:15:42 PM PST · by GodGunsGuts · 8 replies · 1,032+ views
    CEH ^ | November 10, 2009
    Nov 10, 2009 — When the Berlin wall fell 20 years ago, Dorothee Hubner first dared to think, “Are we allowed to leave and finally be free?” Her story and that of her parents Gerhard and Gertraude, scientists trapped in East Germany, was told by Andrew Curry, a freelance writer, in Science.[1] Dorothee was 23 years old in 1989. Her parents, also biochemists, “had spent decades struggling to do research in East Germany without compromising their personal ideals with allegiance to the ruling Communist Party.” By not pledging allegiance to the ruling Communist Party, the Hubners faced a life of...
  • Life Behind the Berlin Wall

    11/10/2009 8:55:47 AM PST · by GunsAndBibles · 1 replies · 522+ views
    The Economist ^ | 11/10/2009 | Thomas Hoepker
    Many believed. So many were disappointed. 9 minute video, halfway down the page. Excellent encapsulation of life in East Berlin from the '50s to the fall of the Berlin Wall, including indoctrination of children, MEDIOCRE leaders, secret police and of course the wonderful architecture of East Germany. "Thomas Hoepker's photos chronicle 40 years of strange, sad, vicious and sometimes hilarious life in East Berlin.
  • East Germans lost much in 1989

    11/09/2009 3:41:40 PM PST · by inflorida · 47 replies · 1,723+ views
    The Guardian ^ | November 8, 2009 | Bruni de la Motte
    For many in the GDR, the fall of the Berlin Wall and unification meant the loss of jobs, homes, security and equalityOn 9 November 1989 when the Berlin Wall came down I realised German unification would soon follow, which it did a year later. This meant the end of the German Democratic Republic (GDR), the country in which I was born, grew up, gave birth to my two children, gained my doctorate and enjoyed a fulfilling job as a lecturer in English literature at Potsdam University. Of course, unification brought with it the freedom to travel the world and, for...
  • Worst of East Germany too easily forgotten

    11/09/2009 4:24:01 AM PST · by myknowledge · 22 replies · 1,431+ views ^ | November 9, 2009 | Jennifer Macey
    The Berlin Wall anniversary is a reminder that people smugglers were once regarded not as the scum of the earth but as heroes. Hartmut Richter was one. He fled East Berlin five years after the wall was built by swimming across one of the canals that separated the city. He then helped another 33 people escape by smuggling them across the border in his car. Twenty years on, he worries about what is called Ostalgie - nostalgia for the old East Germany. The former German Democratic Republic has largely been romanticised in film, fashion and design. But Mr Richter warns...
  • Brokaw: Liberated East Germans ‘Still Adjusting to Harsh Economic Realities’ of Capitalism

    11/08/2009 10:29:52 AM PST · by chuck_the_tv_out · 20 replies · 868+ views
    Newsbusters ^ | November 8, 2009 - 12:55 | Rich Noyes
    Noting tomorrow’s 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall on Sunday’s Today show, former NBC Nightly News anchor Tom Brokaw claimed East Germans were “still adjusting to the harsh economic realities” of life after communism. But a recent poll of former East bloc countries by the Pew Research Center actually discovered that the people of what was East Germany are actually the biggest enthusiasts of the shift to capitalism, with 82% approving, higher than any other ex-communist country. Brokaw did note, however, that the current “center-right” Chancellor of Germany, Angela Merkel, was “born and raised in East Germany,”...
  • Berlin guard: Opening wall `terrible' but right

    11/08/2009 5:31:47 AM PST · by nuconvert · 13 replies · 1,339+ views
    BERLIN — Harald Jaeger was a loyal East German border guard — respected and trusted to command a crossing point to the west on Berlin's Bornholmer Strasse. So when his checkpoint was swarmed on the evening of Nov. 9, 1989, as East Germany announced the border was being opened after 28 years, Jaeger felt ashamed as he let the thousands pass through.
  • Fall Of The Wall? U.S. Sends Regrets

    11/04/2009 4:18:56 PM PST · by raptor22 · 30 replies · 2,127+ views
    Investors Business Daily ^ | November 4, 2009 | IBD editorial staff
    Cold War: The White House has announced our absence at ceremonies marking the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. Meanwhile, Russia has been practicing a nuclear invasion of an abandoned Poland. The Berlin Wall has been a famous backdrop for American presidents sounding the battle cry of liberty in the struggle against tyranny. It was there that John F. Kennedy expressed our solidarity with the encircled residents of that outpost of freedom with his famous "Ich bin ein Berliner." And it was there that Ronald Reagan, with a defiant "Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall," voiced our...
  • Did Brinkmanship Fell Berlin's Wall? Brinkman Said It Did

    10/21/2009 5:14:23 AM PDT · by docbnj · 3 replies · 695+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 21 Oct 2009 | Marcus Walker
    iccardo Ehrman, a veteran Italian foreign correspondent, and Peter Brinkmann, a combative German tabloid reporter, both claim they asked the crucial questions at a news conference on Nov. 9, 1989, that led East German Politburo member Günter Schabowski to make one of the biggest fumbles in modern history.
  • 20 Years After the Wall

    10/17/2009 4:56:37 PM PDT · by terpsichorean · 5 replies · 695+ views
    Spiegel Online ^ | 10/14/2009 | Hans-Ulrich Stoldt and Klaus Wiegrefe
    [excepts] Did East Germans originate from apes? Impossible. Apes could never have survived on just two bananas a year. " The ubiquitous Trabant or Trabi, East Germany's legendary plastic car with its clattering two-stroke engine, was a favorite butt of jokes as well. Like this one: "A new Trabi has been launched with two exhaust pipes -- so you can use it as a wheelbarrow." The jokes gave insights into what ordinary East Germans were thinking about their regime and about current events. The Chernobyl nuclear accident in 1986 spawned a new proverb, for example: If the farmer falls off...
  • The Unknown War: The defeat of communism 20 years ago was the most liberating moment in history...

    10/17/2009 1:58:43 PM PDT · by neverdem · 62 replies · 1,974+ views
    Reason ^ | November 2009 | Matt Welch
    The defeat of communism 20 years ago was the most liberating moment in history. So why don't we talk about it more? On August 23, 1989, officials from the newly reformed and soon-to-be-renamed Communist Party of Hungary ceased policing the country's militarized border with Austria. Some 13,000 East Germans, many of whom had been vacationing at nearby Lake Balaton, fled across the frontier to the free world. It was the largest breach of the Iron Curtain in a generation, and it kicked off a remarkable chain of events that ended 11 weeks later with the righteous citizen dismantling of the...
  • The Berlin Wall [Remembered]

    08/17/2009 10:11:01 AM PDT · by rrstar96 · 3 replies · 401+ views (Spanish-language news brief) ^ | August 14, 2009 | News Desk
    (English-language translation) GERMANY - On the 48th anniversary of the building of the Berlin Wall, this capital today remembers all of its victims and protests against minimizing the history of the defunct German Democratic Republic (GDR). The victims were remembered during a ceremony at the Chapel of Reconciliation in Berlin, which Mayor Klaus Wowereit and government delegate Marianne Birthler (the latter in charge of the documents of the GDR's Stasi secret political police) attended. In the simple chapel located on Bernauer Street where the Wall stood, a candle burned in memory of the dead and a floral arrangement was placed....
  • Ghosts of the '60s in Germany: The match that lit Germany's radicals was a Stasi spy.

    07/06/2009 8:48:10 PM PDT · by justlurking · 7 replies · 996+ views
    The past can never be predicted, and perhaps never more so than when it comes to the German left. Two years ago, we learned that Nobel Laureate Günter Grass -- the literary scourge of all things fascist, especially America -- had himself been a member of the Waffen SS. Now comes another zinger that casts the radical political and social upheavals of the late 1960s in new and revealing light. The historical surprise concerns a turning point whose ripple effects were felt in Europe and beyond. On June 2, 1967, a West German policeman fatally shot an unarmed, 26-year-old literature...
  • East German Spy Shot West Berlin Martyr(Stasi agent instigated leftwing extremism)

    05/23/2009 10:26:07 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 21 replies · 1,664+ views
    Der Spiegel ^ | 05/22/09
    East German Spy Shot West Berlin Martyr The name of Benno Ohnesorg became a rallying cry for the West German left after he was shot dead by police in 1967. Newly discovered documents indicate that the cop who shot him may have been a spy for the East German secret police. It was one of the most important events leading up to the wave of radical left-wing violence which washed over West Germany in the 1970s. On the evening of June 2, 1967, the literature student Benno Ohnesorg took part in a demonstration at West Berlin's opera house. Mohammad Reza...
  • Merkel Recalls "brutal" Communism at Stasi Prison

    05/09/2009 11:40:18 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 8 replies · 524+ views
    Reuters ^ | Tue May 5, 2009
    German Chancellor Angela Merkel urged people Tuesday not to forget the brutality of Communist East Germany when she visited the former prison of the Stasi secret police in eastern Berlin. In the year that Germany marks the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, Merkel said it was crucial for young people to gain a sense of how human rights were violated in Stasi prisons. "This memorial makes clear in an authentic setting in what brutal ways the dignity of human beings was damaged, and how lives were destroyed and torn apart for trivial reasons," Merkel said during...
  • NOV. 9, 1989 Fall of the Berlin Wall - GOD BLESS YOU, RONALD WILSON REAGAN!

    11/10/2008 12:44:52 AM PST · by doug from upland · 11 replies · 160+ views
    YOUTUBE ^ | 11-2009 | Peter Jennings reads the news
    Where have all the cowboys gone? We never thought we would see it happen. Thanks to the greatest president of my lifetime. He spent his life fighting the greatest evil of the 20th Century. HERE IS A SHORT YOUTUBE VIDEO THAT MEMORIALIZES THE EVENT
  • Former East German Political prisoner: Obama Only Interested In Socializing America

    09/26/2008 11:29:25 PM PDT · by mukraker · 24 replies · 1,126+ views
    Lakeland Times ^ | September 26, 2008 | Gisela Lusa
    In the past few weeks, I have listened to Barrack Obama's speeches. I have also talked to many people who believe Obama's plans or changes for this country is what we need. This is wrong. For 32 years I lived in East Germany. I didn't have a choice. For four years, I suffered as a political prisoner in a Russian East German Prison Camp. They tried to re-educate me by forcing me to read Marx, Engels, and Lenin and the communist manifestoes. When I hear Obama speaking, I hear Marx, Engels, and Lenin. Please, the people should listen to what...
  • Obama backer avoids DNC following Corsi book release

    09/03/2008 8:35:59 PM PDT · by hope · 17 replies · 350+ views
    WND ^ | 9-3-08
    WorldNetDaily staff reporter and columnist Jerome Corsi's book "The Obama Nation" contributed to a decision by Kenyan Prime Minister Raila Odinga not to accept Sen. Barack Obama's invitation to attend the Democratic National Convention, according to a prominent Kenyan newspaper. "The cancellation of the trip by Mr. Odinga comes hot on the heels of the publication of a book that is being used to attack Mr. Obama in which the PM [Prime Minister] features," wrote Kenya's Daily Nation. "The book, The Obama Nation, by Jerome Corsi depicts Mr. Obama as a covert sympathizer of radical Islam and communism." "In the...
  • Top secret E German bunker open for short time (Huge underground facility; photos and video avail.)

    08/04/2008 1:21:27 PM PDT · by Stoat · 35 replies · 3,854+ views
    Holidaymakers feeling nostalgic for the Cold War can now tour what was once a top secret bunker in the former East Germany. Opened to the public for the first time on Friday, it was meant to house the ruling Communist elite in the event of a nuclear attack.Something some visitors said they were relieved was no longer a concern:“What goes through my mind is that it is quite nice to stand around here, look at the bunker and talk to each other peacefully,” one man said.Close to the size of a football field, the bunker was designed to function...
  • Neo-Nazi assaults US national for speaking English

    12/20/2007 2:34:32 PM PST · by camerakid400 · 26 replies · 148+ views
    Gelsenkirchen, Germany - German police said Thursday they are seeking a man, believed to be a neo-Nazi, who beat up a US national because he was speaking English in a McDonald's restaurant. The victim, 54, was taken to hospital with serious injuries after the incident on Saturday, which has not previously been reported. The victim had been talking to his female partner in English in the fast-food eatery in the industrial city of Gelsenkirchen when the stranger interrupted and demanded they speak in German. The girlfriend replied that her partner only knew a little German. The assailant, described as having...
  • E. Germans Drew Blueprint for Cuban Spying (interesting read)

    11/04/2007 6:29:02 AM PST · by nuconvert · 11 replies · 658+ views
    Miami Herald ^ | Nov. 4, 2007 | Michael Levitin
    E. Germans drew blueprint for Cuban spying A once-jailed Cuban exile's research reveals how East Germany exported its repressive Stasi security system to Cuba, where it lives on today. MICHAEL LEVITIN BERLIN -- In the cavernous underground jail once run by East Germany's notorious Stasi security agency, Jorge Luís Vázquez leads a visitor into a dank, tiny, pitch-black cell, then slams the iron door shut. The world vanishes into darkness. Moments later, the door swings open and light returns. ''Well, how was it?'' asks Vázquez, a Cuban exile who was jailed in one of these very Stasi cells in 1987,...
  • New Find Evokes Horrors of the Berlin Wall

    09/29/2007 5:28:50 AM PDT · by Argentine-Firecracker · 43 replies · 190+ views
    Spiegel Online ^ | 08/13/2007 | David Crossland
    East Germany's ex-leaders always denied they had ordered soldiers to shoot people trying to flee across the Berlin Wall, even though hundreds were killed. Now the discovery of a written order to open fire on men, women and children has reawakened fading memories of the regime's brutality. It was always obvious that East Germany's border guards were ordered to shoot at people trying to flee to the West. Had no such order existed, they wouldn't have killed an estimated 1,100 defectors making desperate bids for freedom across the Berlin Wall or the minefields of the 860-mile border between East and...
  • Boxy East German icon plans comeback (Bringing back the Trabant)

    09/07/2007 8:00:39 AM PDT · by jalisco555 · 39 replies · 5,359+ views
    Reuters ^ | 9/6/07 | Adam Williams
    BERLIN (Reuters) - Nearly two decades after the fall of the Berlin Wall a German company plans to give the Trabant, a stinky two-cylinder car that became the symbol of communist East Germany, a new lease of life. The new Trabants will no longer have tiny engines, noxious fumes and plastic bodies but will retain the iconic design of the original -- like Volkswagen's new Beetle or the new Mini. The Trabant was the most common vehicle in the former East Germany and was produced without major changes for nearly 30 years. Known in the West as a "spark plug...
  • East German Border Guards Had 'Shoot-to-Kill' Orders to Stop Defections to West

    08/13/2007 4:15:24 PM PDT · by Braak · 24 replies · 528+ views
    Fox News ^ | August 12, 2007 | The Times of London
    BERLIN — Researchers have discovered a Cold War “shoot-to-kill” order in what amounts to the clearest evidence yet that East German troops were given a licence to fire on people fleeing to the West, the Times of London reported. The written order, issued to Stasi secret service agents, states: “Don’t hesitate to use your weapon even when border breaches happen with women and children, which traitors have often exploited in the past.” It was found by a researcher in a regional archive of Stasi documents in the city of Magdeburg.
  • New docs show Stasi order to fire on fleeing East Germans

    08/12/2007 3:16:59 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 11 replies · 660+ views ^ | 12 August 2007
    BERLIN _ The agency that manages the records of former East Germany's dreaded secret police has uncovered an order for border guards to fire on escaping citizens that is far more explicit than others on record, an official said in remarks published Saturday. Though the official East German border regulations said use of a firearm was to be considered an ''extreme measure in the use of force,'' the Oct. 1, 1973 order to border guards from the Ministry for State Security, or Stasi, is much less reserved, Magdeburg's Volksstimme newspaper reported. ''Do not hesitate with the use of a firearm,...
  • German trial over Anne Frank book

    02/26/2007 11:43:52 AM PST · by Jedi Master Pikachu · 21 replies · 678+ views
    BBB ^ | Monday, February 28, 2007
    The Diary of Anne Frank was displayed on the judge's desk A suspected German neo-Nazi has admitted publicly burning a copy of Anne Frank's diary, at the start of his trial with six others.The suspects are accused of inciting racial hatred and disparaging the dead. Prosecutors in the eastern German city of Magdeburg said Lars Konrad, 25, threw the book onto a bonfire during a summer solstice party in June 2006. Anne Frank wrote her diary while she and her family hid from the Nazis in an attic in Amsterdam during World War II. The indictment says the public...
  • Markus Wolf, successful East German spymaster, is dead.

    11/13/2006 9:20:34 AM PST · by SeafoodGumbo · 9 replies · 570+ views
    The Times Online ^ | November 10, 2006 | The Times Online
    MARKUS WOLF was modern history’s most brilliant spymaster, and, because his working life was devoted to the cause of communist oppression, also its most dangerous. For 34 years he led the East German secret intelligence service, the HVA (Hauptverwaltung Aufklärung, or main directorate of intelligence), a KGB clone that ran thousands of agents in the West (and some in Africa and Asia) and exploited similar numbers of reliable “sources” — individuals, but not agents, some knowingly communist contacts, others unaware of the real identity of the men and women to whom they slipped information, views and documents. They in turn...
  • Markus Wolf, known as Cold War spymaster, dies at age 83

    11/12/2006 9:45:00 AM PST · by lizol · 19 replies · 547+ views
    The Seattle Times ^ | Sunday, November 12, 2006 | Jeffrey Fleishman
    Markus Wolf, known as Cold War spymaster, dies at age 83 By Jeffrey Fleishman Los Angeles Times Former East Germany spy chief Markus Wolf is seen in front of Berlin's Brandenburg Gate in this 1995 photo. WARSAW, Poland — Markus Wolf, the spymaster who epitomized Cold War espionage as head of the brutal and inventive East German foreign-intelligence service, died Thursday at his Berlin home. He was 83. The cause of death was not announced. Suave and elusive, Mr. Wolf was such an enigma that Western intelligence agencies didn't know exactly what he looked like during tense decades when a...
  • Spymaster takes secrets to grave

    11/09/2006 4:26:54 PM PST · by MadIvan · 31 replies · 1,127+ views
    The Times ^ | November 10, 2006 | Roger Boyes
    Markus Wolf, the sinister East German spymaster who spun his web across Western Europe, has died peacefully in his sleep — taking with him some of the darkest secrets of the Cold War.A solitary red rose was deposited by a sympathiser yesterday on the doorstep of his Berlin apartment block. But few tears were being shed for the 83-year-old Stasi general who dispatched some 30,000 agents to seduce Nato secretaries, buy up politicians, vacuum up secrets and train terrorists. Normally voluble politicians contacted for comment yesterday refused to utter a word, as if Mr Wolf were a demonic presence. “Let...
  • Proud Evil--Remembering the totalitarian malice of East Germany.

    09/25/2006 4:08:09 PM PDT · by SJackson · 3 replies · 385+ views ^ | September 25, 2006 | Myles Kantor
    “There can be no peace without honestly and maturely confronting the past.” --Joachim Gauck[1] It’s the middle of May, and I’m having breakfast at the Hotel Adlon in Berlin.[2]  I’m in Germany with other journalists on a visit sponsored by Atlantik-Brücke, a Berlin-based organization that promotes German-American friendship.   This morning I’m speaking with Dr. Helmut Holl, former state secretary for Lower Saxony in northwestern Germany.  Dr. Holl and I discuss the German Democratic (sic) Republic (sic) (GDR), which subjugated eastern Germany from 1949 to 1990 after National Socialist subjugation from 1933 to 1945.   A short walk from the Adlon is...
  • Polish premier says he's cleared the air with German chancellor

    09/11/2006 12:13:03 AM PDT · by twinself · 149 replies · 1,324+ views
    International Herald Tribune ^ | September 10, 2006 | unknown
    Polish Prime Minster Jaroslaw Kaczynski said Sunday he has cleared the air with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and they would meet again in Berlin on Oct. 30. He told reporters in Helsinki that a short meeting between the two was "very nice" and had allowed him to explain misunderstandings, which he claimed had been created by false media reports. "We've managed to clarify some issues that were just a matter of misunderstanding. I noticed that the chancellor had learned something from the press that was complete nonsense." He was referring to media reports that junior coalition partner — the League...