© DEFA Film Library at UMass Amherst
The Stacheltier ("Porcupine") series made between 1953 and 1964 consisted over almost 300 productions. These short films provide an example of the lively cabaret-style tradition of social and political satire that existed in East Germany.
"The series of Stacheltiere shows the modest glory and tragedy of domestic political satire in a public sphere under party control."
— Sylvia Klötzer, cultural historian