Abstract

abstract:

The feature film The Lives of Others (2006) is commonly credited with initiating a post-reunification debate on the Ministerium für Staatssicherheit (Stasi) in the mass media. This article examines select episodes of the German Tatort and Polizeiruf 110 crime series, demonstrating that fictional television productions also addressed the Stasi, and did so much earlier than 2006. In either a subliminal way, as in the Polizeiruf episode "Der Fall Lisa Murnau" and the Tatort episode "Taxi nach Leipzig," or as an open Stasi discourse in "Unter Brüdern," episodes from both series can be read as precursors to the Stasi debate.

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Additional Information

ISSN
2164-8646
Print ISSN
0149-7952
Pages
pp. 567-586
Launched on MUSE
2017-11-01
Open Access
No
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