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Sep. 13th, 2013

The Great Kaltenbrunner Hunt, or What Nineveh_UK and I Did On Our Summer Holidays

What we did was go hiking in Altaussee. Altaussee is possibly the prettiest village in the whole of Austria. It's also the place from which Ernst Kaltenbrunner ran what was left of the Third Reich at the end of the Second World War, although this fact is (perhaps understandably) not announced in any of their tourist material...

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Jun. 12th, 2013

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I liked it so much I named a boat after him

elmey pointed me to this, and I just had to repost it as further evidence of the extraordinary cultural status 17 Moments of Spring enjoys in Russia.

Jun. 3rd, 2013

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Assorted stuff

I'm soooooo tempted to make this my new icon...










And for elmey, an interview about and the opening from the 2009 prequel Isaev. (doesn't seem to be available with English subtitles, alas).

May. 27th, 2013

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Having now read the book on which 17 Moments of Spring is based, I feel compelled to post this in honour of the director, Tatiana Lioznova, without whom the series would have been, well, terrible.



"Trust me, Slava, no one will laugh at you for singing to a potato."

May. 23rd, 2013

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17 Moments of Spring fic: My Honour is Loyalty

1973 words. Barbara Krein learns an important lesson.

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May. 20th, 2013

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I've just found this, a fascinating and genuinely scholarly discussion of the Russian tradition of anekdoty , including, although by no means limited to, Stirlitz jokes.

May. 15th, 2013

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I found a couple of nice 17 Moments vids on tumblr. The first one is Müllercentric, and since even slashers don't ship Müller/Stirlitz, it comes with the following disclaimer: "No, we don’t ship Muller/Stirlitz, take the song lyrics as allegory:)" And very well they work as an allegory (well, a metaphor), too.



The second is slashier, a very enjoyable romp through the RHSA "a web of conspiracy where no one can be trusted…"

May. 14th, 2013

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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."

May. 6th, 2013

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17 Moments of Spring fic: After Easter

17 Moments of Spring fic.

Schellenberg is dying. Stirlitz goes to see him.

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May. 5th, 2013

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17 Moments of Spring

As a thank you to all of you for sticking with it through all twelve episodes, thereby making the viewing experience infinitely more enjoyable, I come bearing gifts. The first is my favourite Stirlitz joke (apologies to those who already know it):


Stirlitz wakes up in a prison cell. He can’t remember how he got there or who he’s supposed to be. He decides that if the first person to come through the door speaks Russian, then he’s meant to be Colonel Asayev. If they speak German, then he’s Stirlitz.

The door opens and a man in uniform comes in.

“Go a bit heavy on the vodka last night, did we, Comrade Tikhonov?”


The second is a great When-Fandoms-Collide-Fiction-History-Mash-Up-Moment, an excerpt from the Nuremberg trials in which the historical Schellenberg gives evidence at Kaltenbrunner’s trial, being questioned first by Stirlitz’s lot and then our lot. I have furnished it with subtitles for the non-German or non-Russian speakers, and am very grateful to bluemeanybeany for her extensive - and indispensable - advice about software, to open_channel_d for translating the Russian, and to elmey for advice on subtitling.



The third is a Stirlitz-as-James-Bond vid, which I find amusing not just because the music makes such a difference to the mood, but also because it points up how very hard it is to find appropriate shots (although if you want action!Stirlitz, surely Klaus’s execution could have been fitted in somewhere?)

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