Examples of Stasi Files
from East Germany :GDR- DDR
(Click on "SCRIBD" to view the document)
The Stasi- Staatssicherheitsdienst, SSD, was the secret police of the DDR- Die Deutsche Demokratische Republik, or East Germany. It is also known as the "MfS." (Ministerium für Staatssicherheit/ Ministry for State Security. MfS appears in these documents.
Below is the first page of one of the sets of documents. BStU= Die Behörde des Bundesbeauftragten für die Stasi-Unterlagen or
The Federal Commissioner for the Stasi Records.
The Stasi infiltrated almost every aspect of life in the DDR. In the mid 1980s, a civilian informants network , the Inoffizielle Mitarbeiter (IMs, Unofficial Collaborators), began growing in both East and West Germany. By the time East Germany (DDR) collapsed in 1989, the Stasi employed an estimated 91,000 employees and 300,000 informants.
About one in fifty East Germans collaborated with the Stasi- on eof the most extensive infiltrations of a police apparatus in history.
The Stasi monitored political behavior among DDR citizens and is known to have used torture and intimidation to mute dissent.
During the Peaceful Revolution of 1989, Stasi offices were overrun by enraged citizens, but not before the Stasi destroyed a large amount of secrets.
When the remaining files were published for review, many people learned that their friends, colleagues, spouses and relatives had regularly filed reports with the Stasi.
The MfS was widely regarded as one of the most effective and repressive intelligence and secret police agencies in the world.
As you can see in the emblem above, the motto of the Stasi was "Schild und Schwert der Partei" (Shield and Sword of the Party).
The film," Das Leben der Anderen," "The Lives of Others," is one of my favorite movies. It will give you a good glimpse into what life was like in the DDR.
I have other documents that I will be posting in the future. This is just a start. I am also creating a page about the Rockstar Dean Reed and my connection to his story.
Below is another observation. "Der R" is Dean Reed and "UdL is the famous street in former East Berlin, Unter den Linden.
Notice that some documents are hand written, especially in the early years (1970s) and some are typed. "Genosse" is an East German term for "comrade" or "associate." Agents have usually have numbers, not names, unless they are higher up on the chart. Reed's case was known as "Aster." The Stasi approached Reed in the 1970s and wanted him to work for them. He asked to be known as "Victor," after a friend. It didn't work out - they even had suggestions like sing-a-longs (remember those, "baby boomers?" :) at the American Embassy as a way to infiltrate.
I will be posting more information, but for now, this should be a good start!