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calendar   Friday - December 04, 2009

war games with live ammo and German kids aged five … how the Stasi did it.

Isn’t this something else?
Can’t imagine age five.  Eight maybe. But five?  I can’t help but wonder, here they’re promoting sex ed. at age five and some other things by 7.  But in the divided Germany kids were training at that age with small tanks and live ammo. At least according to this report.  It was a very long time ago of course. But it’s still interesting.  Not to worry though. Really. Now a days Europe is enrolling all their children in the church of gore.

On the whole I think I’d rather have em trained for war of a different nature.

I first found this in the Telegraph, but there isn’t any link to the story there. Found it finally at The AgeDotCom


H/T theage.com


Stasi ran ‘real war’ games for children

BERLIN

A PROPAGANDA film made by the Stasi secret police in East Germany has surfaced showing children as young as five being made to simulate war games using miniature tanks and machine guns.

The black-and-white footage, titled The Sun Always Lives, shows boys firing live ammunition as shells and smoke bombs explode around them.

The film, made in 1977, features members of the Communist Party’s Young Pioneer youth movement. It was recorded at one of their summer camps and was intended to be shown in schools ‘’to instil true socialist patriotic values in the young’’.

The film lasts for 21 minutes, with the young participants mimicking the military manoeuvres of the People’s Army of East Germany.

At the film’s end, a live shell from one of the miniature tanks hits a wall. At this point, a voice-over says: ‘’Show your soldierly face for the socialist Fatherland as these brave warriors do!’’

Hubertus Knabe, 50, director of the Stasi memorial museum in Hohenschoenhausen in Berlin, where dissidents opposed to the regime were held, was shocked by the film.

He said: ‘’This is a perversion of childhood by the Stasi of a kind I haven’t seen before. All kids played with toy guns but this was meant to turn them into child soldiers of the sort who have raped and killed in Africa in recent years. To let little kids loose with real guns to prove a political point seems about as sick as it can get.’’

The film was found in the Birthler Archive, the repository of the remaining files of the Stasi, which was shut down at the same time as the East German state 20 years ago.

The film is being screened in Berlin, with other propaganda from the Stasi and secret service organisations in former communist Poland, Hungary and Czechoslovakia.

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