East German typists Silke and Ilona wanted to leave for the West. They were in the crosshairs of the Stasi, spied on, intimidated, and interrogated. The spies even noted when they turned the lights on and off.
More than a dozen Airbus employees have been fired over suspected internal spying on German army projects. According to media reports, the employees obtained secret files from the German army.
The burglars made off with artifacts, medals and jewelry from the museum dedicated to East Germany's infamous secret police. The heist came just days after a similar incident at Dresden's Green Vault.
The Allies endeavored to rid postwar Germany of Nazi elites. But many Third Reich judges continued to work in as legal professionals in West Germany — until one brave student shined the spotlight.
They were outsiders, teenagers, rebelling against confinement. They were despised by citizens loyal to the state, harassed by GDR authorities, and locked up in prison. But being punk also meant freedom.
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