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Stasi – “the sword and shield of the Party”

As in every communist country, there existed a secret police unit in the GDR. In 1950, the
State Security Service (Staatssicherheit, commonly known as Stasi) was established, to
supervise and combat opponents of the system while controlling the entire society, was the
"sword and shield of the party". It was, apart from the KGB, the most effective of the secret
services in the communist countries who wrote one of the darkest pages in the post-war
history of Germany. Stasi created an extensive administrative system, which had grown every
year, full of secret agents and informants. The maxim of its long-time boss Erich Mielke
(1957-1989) was: "Comrades, we must know everything" ("Genossen, wir müssen alles
wissen").

Stasi, like other services in communist countries, forced confessions through torture (later
mainly through "white torture", i.e. mental pressure). The 180,000 secret collaborators in
1975 were recruited by all possible means, from converging political views to blackmail and
bribery. Stasi's activities were not limited to the GDR. It was able to kidnap "enemies" in
Germany and West Berlin. The most famous Stasi spy in Germany was Günter Guillaume, an
SPD (Social Democratic Party of Germany) activist, who became the secretary of German
Chancellor Willi Brandt. The discovery of his activities led Brandt to resign, and Guillaume
himself was sentenced to 13 years in prison for his betrayal.