What’s The Stasi?

I heard a story this morning about The Berlin Wall coming down 20 years ago today. The person being interviewed at one point talked about how the Stasi in East Germany affected everyone’s life. She said, “1 out of 7 people either worked for the Stasi or as informants.” A few years after the wall came down, she was allowed to read the files the Stasi had on her father and learned that an uncle of hers was an informant and had provided information about her father. She told her uncle, “I’ve read the files,” and they haven’t spoken since. I didn’t know anything about the Stasi until I saw The Lives of Others. It’s one of the most powerful movies I saw from 2006. Anyone interested in the significance of The Berlin Wall coming down should check it out. I didn’t have a clue.

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Phillip Cairns is a beekeeper in St. John's, Newfoundland, who writes about beekeeping at mudsongs.org.

2 Replies to “What’s The Stasi?”

  1. phillip on the day of this post I happened into the local pawn shop and found this movie for three bucks…up late baking and just finished watching it as I was waiting for some stuff to cool….wonderful….I know that sounds strange…but wonderful….that was one of the best endings to a movie I have seen in a long while…well except for pans labarinth…which is good/bad …I still get shivers when I think of that film….that ending still is etched on my wee brain….

    hey I guess there was some kinda suicide gene that vidieo clip….thanks for the movie tip….

  2. that was one of the best endings to a movie I have seen in a long while

    I know, the ending is hammer blow. Great ending, and even more impressive that the filmmakers managed to pull it off without it feeling contrived.

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