- August 14, 2013
One of East Germany's top spies was actually an American soldier. Jeff Carney defected to the Communist state in 1983 and fed the notorious Stasi with reams of valuable information. He has now written a book about his experiences. more... [ Comment ]
- February 15, 2013
East Germany decriminalized homosexuality early on, a move that was touted as an example of its progressivism. But a documentary that premiered at the Berlin International Film Festival this week shows the regime was still deeply homophobic. more... [ Comment ]
- October 19, 2012
They were young and in love -- and trapped in an oppressive regime. In 1987, an East German couple traveled clandestinely from Berlin to Beijing in a brazen attempt to escape to the West. Only one of them would make it to freedom. more...
- May 11, 2012
The files from the massive archive of the former East German secret police are currently scheduled to be handed over to united Germany's national archive in 2019. However, the head of the special agency that currently handles the files says it should retain responsibility for the controversial documents. more... [ Comment ]