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Web of Surveillance East German Snitching Went Far Beyond the Stasi

Everyone knows about the Stasi and the extent to which it spied on the East German populace. But that was only a small part of the informing that went on. New research shows that snitching was vastly more common than previously thought. Von Peter Wensierski
10. Juli 2015, 17:05 Uhr

East Germany's Blood Art No Justice for Victims of Regime's Treasure Hunt

East German officials systematically stole from the country's art collectors and sold their possessions to raise hard currency. Families have sought for years to reclaim the treasures or to obtain compensation. In a rare success, one family in America recently retrieved some of its heirlooms. Von Rainer Erices, Nicola Kuhrt und Peter Wensierski
24. Juli 2014, 17:39 Uhr

Stasi-Drama "Die Lüge" Genährt am Busen der DDR

Die Agenda des Einschleichers: In "Die Lüge" erzählt Uwe Kolbe von einem Stasi-Mann, der die Kunstszene überwacht - und, angelehnt an die eigene Biografie, eine Geschichte von Vater und Sohn, die sich der Enge der Diktatur durch erotische Eskapaden entziehen. Von Thomas Andre
3. März 2014, 12:17 Uhr

Stasi-Akten Postkarte aus der DDR kommt nach 44 Jahren an

Fast ein halbes Jahrhundert hat eine Postkarte aus der DDR in den Westen gebraucht. Der damals 18-jährige Oberschüler Günter Zettl wollte bei einem Musik-Preisrätsel des Saarländischen Rundfunks mitmachen. Doch die Stasi hatte etwas dagegen.
12. Januar 2014, 09:18 Uhr

Hohenschönhausen Gauck besucht Stasi-Gefängnis in Berlin

Joachim Gauck legte an der Gedenkstätte für Stasi-Opfer in Berlin-Hohenschönhausen einen Kranz nieder. Für einige Berufsschüler wurde die Begegnung mit dem Bundespräsidenten zur Geschichtsstunde der besonderen Art.
22. Oktober 2013, 20:45 Uhr

Spy Games Photos Reveal the Stasi Art of Disguise

East Germany's feared secret police had a bit of a sartorial flair, photos found by artist Simon Menner in the Stasi archive reveal. The images, which offer a glimpse into the clandestine world of phony facial hair and the all-important hat, are set to be published in a book this fall. Von Karin Schulze
4. September 2013, 15:58 Uhr

Goodbye Ossi The Demise of Eastern German Identity

For years following reunification, those from the communist east saw themselves as "eastern Germans." Now, more than two decades after the Berlin Wall fell, that identity is rapidly disappearing. East Germany is almost completely gone. Von Stefan Berg
30. August 2013, 15:45 Uhr

Code Name 'Kid' American Stasi Spy Tells His Story

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. Von Jürgen Dahlkamp
14. August 2013, 11:18 Uhr

The Iron Closet Documentary Explores Gay Life in East Germany

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. Von James Kirchick
15. Februar 2013, 17:26 Uhr

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

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. Von Peter Wensierski
19. Oktober 2012, 11:24 Uhr
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