Months after the fall of the Berlin Wall, angry citizens and human rights campaigners occupied the headquarters of the former GDR's feared secret police. A former activist recalls how the events unfolded.
Thirty years ago, crowds of people prevented East Germany's feared secret police from shredding files in the aftermath of the fall of the Berlin Wall. Frank-Walter Steinmeier urged society to heed the lessons.
Germany's parliament has voted to move the files of the East German secret police into the nation's Federal Archives. The vote came despite the concerns and objections from some historians and GDR-era dissidents.
East Germany's secret police had a secret university faculty where agents could graduate. Their qualifications are recognized in Germany now. But the man overseeing the old Stasi vaults wants them renamed for all to see.
Hardy Graupner was working as a journalist in East Germany the night the Wall fell. Now a reporter for Deutsche Welle, he remembers the mixture of optimism and trepidation he felt as the world opened up to him.
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