A few more bits of 17 Moments of Spring trivia. First, a quiz! Test your knowledge of the series and its place in Russian culture here
Then there's an interesting article about the fate that actually awaited those of Stalin's spies who were "residents" in the Third Reich, Stalin vs Stirlitz
I also have a Stirlitz joke specially for nineveh_uk
(I found it in German so I hope you haven't stumbled across it yet):
Müller is writing dossiers on all his staff. He sends for Holtoff and says, "Think of a number between 17 and 99."
"27," says Holtoff.
"And why not 72?" says Müller.
"Because I said 27," says Holtoff.
"Fine," says Müller, "have it your way," and he writes in Holtoff's dossier "Of Nordic character." Then he sends for Eismann and says, "Think of a number between 17 and 99."
"45," says Eismann.
"And why not 54?" says Müller.
"Well, all right then, 54," says Eismann, and Müller writes in his file "Of near-Nordic character." Then he sends for Stirlitz and tells him to think of a number between 17 and 99.
"66," says Stirlitz.
"And why not - oh, shit, Isaev, do you have to keep sabotaging my work?"
And finally, and very cutely, from a Russian schoolchild's essay on the Oscar-winning Russian film version of War and Peace, in which Tikhonov played Prince André: "In War and Peace my favourite scene was the one where Natasha Rostova dances with Stirlitz."