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Random tidbits from East Germany:
- For every house should be led a "Hausbuch" ('house book'), which recorded who lived in a house and who stayed over for a visit. The house representative took care of the entries and was responsible for keeping the house book in order. In 1989 there were around two million such house representatives.
- In 1989 only 11 percent of the GDR citizens had their own telephone line. It usually took years before they were connected to the network. By contrast, the military and the Stasi had more than 20 unofficial telephone networks at their disposal.