Here is a joke, just so we can compare...
It is post WW2 in East Germany. A lady works in a textile plant, and of course all workers were expected to join the Party, and go to the meetings. Now, those meetings could be long and boring, and one day, the lady just couldn't face the prospect, and went home to sleep instead.
The next day, the shop steward came around and said to her in his disciplinary voice, "Why weren't you at the last meeting?
"Oh," she said, "If I had known it was the last meeting..."
Well, ok, just one more.
Stalin is giving a talk to the party faithful. At some point in his speech one of the assembled crowd sneezed. Stalin quit speaking, looked up, and said with his harsh tones, "Who sneezed?"
Everyone was crapping their drawers, and staring down at the floor. No one said a word.
"Lavrentiy," said Stalin, "Take the last row of members out and have them shot." Beria jumped to this task. After he had come back inside, Stalin once again addressed the meeting.
"Who sneezed?" he asked. Again there was no reply, and again Stalin spoke to Beria.
"Lavrentiy, take the penultimate row out and have them shot." Again Beria ushered out the condemned, while the remaining members listened to the shots fired.
When Beria returned, once again Stalin addressed the group.
By this time a person in the third to last row knew what was coming, and decided to offer himself up as a sacrifice.
"I did, Comrade Stalin," he said, standing up.
"Gesundheit," said Stalin, and went on with his speech.
At that, one of the members turned to another and said, "You see, it's like I said. Tough, but fair."