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How Did One Optimistic Report From the Stasi Foreshadow the Collapse of Communism?

During the early 80’s, increased tensions marked the new phase of the Cold War. Besides external, the Eastern Bloc countries faced many internal problems as well. The governments of these countries, especially the USSR, tried to spread optimism. But they didn’t see (or didn’t want to see) that everything would collapse soon. Therefore, it’s interesting to see how the secret reports full of optimism actually revealed the real state of affairs.

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Stasi Headquarters in Berlin- Lichtenberg

What Did the Stasi Do After They Arrested Agents From a Restaurant?

The former headquarters of the Stasi in Berlin- Lichtenberg (Photo: Andreas Praefcke/Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.5 Generic license)   In 1961 West Berlin was a hub of spies. According to one of the Stasi reports, the Western secret services controlled, trained, instructed, and remunerated their agents. Therefore, the agents of the East German Secret Service […]

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