Code Name 'Kid': American Stasi Spy Tells His Story

Code Name 'Kid': American Stasi Spy Tells His Story

SPIEGEL ONLINE - 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. By Jürgen Dahlkamp more... Comment ]

The Iron Closet: Documentary Explores Gay Life in East Germany

The Iron Closet: Documentary Explores Gay Life in East Germany

SPIEGEL ONLINE - 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. By James Kirchick more... Comment ]


The Forbidden Journey: How Two East Germans Fled to China to Go West

The Forbidden Journey: How Two East Germans Fled to China to Go West

SPIEGEL ONLINE - 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. By Peter Wensierski more...

Safeguarding East Germany's Dark Past: Agency Chief Says Stasi Archive Should Stay Open

Safeguarding East Germany's Dark Past: Agency Chief Says Stasi Archive Should Stay Open

SPIEGEL ONLINE - 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. By Stefan Berg more... Comment ]