East German Files Open to Public
The files of the Stasi, communist East Germany’s notorious secret police, have been made generally available for the first time on a German government website.Frankly, it will take years to analyze the records. They are a mess.
The Stasi, widely regarded as one of the most effective intelligence organisations of the Cold War, kept an iron grip on every aspect of life inside East Germany, spying on its own citizens and keeping extensive files on millions of them.
Stasi officers tried to destroy their files when the Berlin Wall fell in 1989, but they were saved by ordinary East German citizens who stormed the Stasi offices in the city of Erfurt to protect the documents.