Scenes from Berlin -12

Erich Mielke was head of the Stasi for an astonishing 32 years. 1957-89. This was his office – now part of the Stasi Museum.  70s  Stalinist retro? 80s, 60s?



Boss’s desk.IMG_0173

Check that TV! And that comfy bed.IMG_0174

Coffee time.IMG_0175



The inspiration.IMG_0177

Ordinary, but extraordinary. How did it happen?

About John S

I'm blogging about the things I love: music, sport, culture, London, with some photos to illustrate aspects of our wonderful city. I’ve written a novel called “The Decision”, a futuristic political thriller, and first of a trilogy. I’m also the author of a book on music since the 1970s called “ I Was There - A Musical Journey” and a volume of poetry about youth, “Growin’ Up - Snapshots/ Fragments”. All available on Amazon and Kindle.
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2 Responses to Scenes from Berlin -12

  1. Dood says:

    Gotta be Sixties – it’s G-Plan heaven!

    As you say, an amazing, unholy time. But it set me thinking about the recent feature film of Tinker, Tailor, with The Great Gary Oldman as Smiley, and a cracking supporting cast. Have you seen it? The production design is magnificent (the very worst of Seventies British style), but the film as a whole also reminds you that the Cold War was still raging when we were teenagers – and God knows that was happening in East Berlin.

    Anna Funder’s magnificent STASILAND, of course, remains the definitive narrative of the era. Totally compelling.

    • John S says:

      I did see the Tinker Tailor film – over Christmas on DVD. Watched it with my son. I knew who the guilty man was, having watched the classic BBC series AND read the book. But, you know, I found it really hard to follow the logic of the film. Loved the atmosphere, the acting. But the plot? Lost me. Now, in fairness, it was Christmas. I had imbibed. So maybe another viewing is in order….

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