The East German secret police, the Stasi, often subjected inmates to physical and psychological torture to extract information. Arno Drefke was one of them.
Germany is a country known for having thoroughly come to terms with its history. As the foundation dedicated to studying East Germany's communist past turns 20, however, it's clear that task remains vital to this day.
More than 28 years after the fall of the wall, stories are still emerging about East Berliners' attempts to flee across the border — with help from their western neighbors. Rachel Stewart reports from Berlin.
The Berlin Wall stood for 28 years, two months and 27 days. Now it has been gone for just as long, at least as concrete and barbed wire. In other forms, it still stands, writes Marcel Fürstenau.
Berlin was not only East Germany's capital, but also the center of the Stasi's persecution. Many victims of that period feel forgotten. A memorial could help change that, believes DW columnist Gero Schliess.
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