Humor Under Communism East German Jokes Collected by West German Spies

Did East Germans originate from apes? Impossible. Apes could never have survived on just two bananas a year. Such jokes were whispered in communist East Germany -- and West German spies recorded them diligently to gain insights into the public mood, according to recently released intelligence files.
Von Hans-Ulrich Stoldt und Klaus Wiegrefe
The Trabant was a favorite butt of jokes in communist East Germany.

The Trabant was a favorite butt of jokes in communist East Germany.

Foto: Z1021 Peter Endig/ dpa
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