The Stasi: East Germany’s Thought Police

The flag of the GDR. (Wikimedia Commons) Erich Honecker, head of the German Democratic Republic (GDR) from 1971 to 1989, once remarked that “Our GDR is a clean state. The standards for ethics […], decency and morality, are set in stone.” While he may have tried to apply this honourable standard to dealings in the public…

04/01 – The Berlin Airlift

An American political cartoon depicting the Soviet Russian effort to starve the Western half of Berlin. (Tes) On this day in 1948, Soviet officials in the German Democratic Republic (GDR, or East Germany) began aggressively holding up and searching supply trains heading to West Berlin. Soviet officials were upset about efforts amongst the Western Allies…