Surveillance and the arts
Same game, different players
Cindy DeFelice's research led her to the Stasi Museum in Leipzig. Pictured here is a Stasi uniform. Fear tactics were effective tools during the GDR, where people would simply disappear- sometimes for a year, sometimes forever. Though the standard of living in the GDR improved in the 1970s under Erich Honecker's leadership, the new "consumer socialism" proved to be a mere distraction.