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“[T]he Stasi often used a method which was really diabolic. It was called Zersetzung, and it's described in another guideline. The word is difficult to translate because it means originally "biodegradation". But actually, it's a quite accurate description. The goal was to destroy secretly the self-confidence of people, for example by damaging their reputation, by organizing failures in their work, and by destroying their personal relationships. Considering this, East Germany was a very modern dictatorship. The Stasi didn't try to arrest every dissident. It preferred to paralyze them, and it could do so because it had access to so much personal information and to so many institutions.” - Hubertus Knabe, German historian

The history of East Germany was closely intertwined with the development of its security services, specifically the Stasi. In an era of totalitarian countries dominated by repressive state agencies, the Stasi stood out for its size, and the sheer breadth and depth of its surveillance. Films such as Das Leben der Anderen (“The Lives of Others”) encapsulated post-unification attitudes and conceptions of both life in East Germany and the activities of the Stasi.

Despite its notoriety, the legacy of the Stasi is contested in modern Germany. Former West Germans, and Westerners more generally, closely align the East German state and the Stasi, framing a “Stasi State.” Those in the former East Germany, however, resent the patronizing attitudes and conflation of the two institutions, preferring to focus on the social elements of the East German state. Uwe Spiekermann, of the German Historical Institute, succinctly sets out the impressions of many when considering East Germany and its culture of surveillance: “In retrospect, the Stasi has become a symbol for the GDR [East Germany].”

The East German State Security Service, or Staatssicherheitsdienst in German (abbreviated to Stasi) was formed in 1950. It purported to be the state’s “shield and sword” and closely monitored much of the population for the next 40 years. Some of the figures are startling. By the end of the 1980s, Stasi files were kept on six million out of 18 million inhabitants. When the Stasi archives were opened in the 1990s, files were discovered that stretched for 178 kilometers. Over the course of East Germany’s existence, up to two million people acted as spies, and 90,000 people worked at the Ministry, not to mention the numerous “unofficial” informers.

East Germany also had a much-feared foreign intelligence arm of its intelligence services, the HV A (German: Hauptverwaltung A or central department), which proved expert at infiltrating West German society and running operations in numerous other countries. But why did the Stasi form, and how did it prove so effective? Answering those questions requires understanding the unique circumstances in which East Germany was formed, as well as politics in Germany at the end of World War II and the start of the Cold War.

The Stasi: The History and Legacy of East Germany’s Secret Police Agency examines the history of one of the most notorious agencies in history. Along with pictures depicting important people, places, and events, you will learn about the Stasi like never before.
Holy Roman Empire (English The Stasi: The History and Legacy of East Germany’s Secret Police Agency (English Edition)

Holy Roman Empire (English

Grundtatsachen der deutschen The Stasi: The History and Legacy of East Germany’s Secret Police Agency (English Edition)

Grundtatsachen der deutschen

Kriegsmarine Coastal Forces The Stasi: The History and Legacy of East Germany’s Secret Police Agency (English Edition)

Kriegsmarine Coastal Forces

Unterwegs in der Geschichte The Stasi: The History and Legacy of East Germany’s Secret Police Agency (English Edition)

Unterwegs in der Geschichte

Von plänkelnden The Stasi: The History and Legacy of East Germany’s Secret Police Agency (English Edition)

Von plänkelnden

Die NS-Führung im The Stasi: The History and Legacy of East Germany’s Secret Police Agency (English Edition)

Die NS-Führung im

Das Dritte Reich: Geschichte The Stasi: The History and Legacy of East Germany’s Secret Police Agency (English Edition)

Das Dritte Reich: Geschichte

Germania: A Personal History The Stasi: The History and Legacy of East Germany’s Secret Police Agency (English Edition)

Germania: A Personal History

The Berlin Airlift (English The Stasi: The History and Legacy of East Germany’s Secret Police Agency (English Edition)

The Berlin Airlift (English

Die Germanen: Theiss The Stasi: The History and Legacy of East Germany’s Secret Police Agency (English Edition)

Die Germanen: Theiss

Das deutsche Wunder - Aus The Stasi: The History and Legacy of East Germany’s Secret Police Agency (English Edition)

Das deutsche Wunder - Aus

The Bear King: Arthur and the The Stasi: The History and Legacy of East Germany’s Secret Police Agency (English Edition)

The Bear King: Arthur and the

Hitler, ein Film aus The Stasi: The History and Legacy of East Germany’s Secret Police Agency (English Edition)

Hitler, ein Film aus

Hitler, Himmler und der The Stasi: The History and Legacy of East Germany’s Secret Police Agency (English Edition)

Hitler, Himmler und der

Traitor, Outlaw, King: Part The Stasi: The History and Legacy of East Germany’s Secret Police Agency (English Edition)

Traitor, Outlaw, King: Part

The Magic Lantern: The The Stasi: The History and Legacy of East Germany’s Secret Police Agency (English Edition)

The Magic Lantern: The

Plotting Hitler's Death: The Stasi: The History and Legacy of East Germany’s Secret Police Agency (English Edition)

Plotting Hitler's Death:

Syberbergs Hitler - Film The Stasi: The History and Legacy of East Germany’s Secret Police Agency (English Edition)

Syberbergs Hitler - Film

The Normans The Stasi: The History and Legacy of East Germany’s Secret Police Agency (English Edition)

The Normans

Hitler: The Pictorial The Stasi: The History and Legacy of East Germany’s Secret Police Agency (English Edition)

Hitler: The Pictorial

Luftwaffe Field Divisions The Stasi: The History and Legacy of East Germany’s Secret Police Agency (English Edition)

Luftwaffe Field Divisions

Civilization and Capitalism, The Stasi: The History and Legacy of East Germany’s Secret Police Agency (English Edition)

Civilization and Capitalism,

The Mongrel The Stasi: The History and Legacy of East Germany’s Secret Police Agency (English Edition)

The Mongrel

The Twelve Caesars (Annotated) The Stasi: The History and Legacy of East Germany’s Secret Police Agency (English Edition)

The Twelve Caesars (Annotated)

Nicoletto Giganti's The The Stasi: The History and Legacy of East Germany’s Secret Police Agency (English Edition)

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Doctrine Raciale SS et The Stasi: The History and Legacy of East Germany’s Secret Police Agency (English Edition)

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The Crusades: A Short History The Stasi: The History and Legacy of East Germany’s Secret Police Agency (English Edition)

The Crusades: A Short History

L'uomo medievale The Stasi: The History and Legacy of East Germany’s Secret Police Agency (English Edition)

L'uomo medievale

The History of the Knights The Stasi: The History and Legacy of East Germany’s Secret Police Agency (English Edition)

The History of the Knights

I longobardi (Universale The Stasi: The History and Legacy of East Germany’s Secret Police Agency (English Edition)

I longobardi (Universale

Arnhem: 1 Airborne Division The Stasi: The History and Legacy of East Germany’s Secret Police Agency (English Edition)

Arnhem: 1 Airborne Division

Dr. Joseph Goebbels Reden The Stasi: The History and Legacy of East Germany’s Secret Police Agency (English Edition)

Dr. Joseph Goebbels Reden

Luftwaffe Mistel Composite The Stasi: The History and Legacy of East Germany’s Secret Police Agency (English Edition)

Luftwaffe Mistel Composite

Kharkov 1942: The Wehrmacht The Stasi: The History and Legacy of East Germany’s Secret Police Agency (English Edition)

Kharkov 1942: The Wehrmacht

The Blocking of Zeebrugge: The Stasi: The History and Legacy of East Germany’s Secret Police Agency (English Edition)

The Blocking of Zeebrugge:

The First World War (3): The The Stasi: The History and Legacy of East Germany’s Secret Police Agency (English Edition)

The First World War (3): The

Ju 52/3m Bomber and Transport The Stasi: The History and Legacy of East Germany’s Secret Police Agency (English Edition)

Ju 52/3m Bomber and Transport

A História da The Stasi: The History and Legacy of East Germany’s Secret Police Agency (English Edition)

A História da

The SS: A History 1919-45 The Stasi: The History and Legacy of East Germany’s Secret Police Agency (English Edition)

The SS: A History 1919-45

¿Pirámides en The Stasi: The History and Legacy of East Germany’s Secret Police Agency (English Edition)

¿Pirámides en

The Dnepr 1943: Hitler's The Stasi: The History and Legacy of East Germany’s Secret Police Agency (English Edition)

The Dnepr 1943: Hitler's

Panzer Divisions: The The Stasi: The History and Legacy of East Germany’s Secret Police Agency (English Edition)

Panzer Divisions: The

Europa en la Edad Media: Una The Stasi: The History and Legacy of East Germany’s Secret Police Agency (English Edition)

Europa en la Edad Media: Una

Panzer III: Hitler's The Stasi: The History and Legacy of East Germany’s Secret Police Agency (English Edition)

Panzer III: Hitler's

711 - Muslime in Europa! The Stasi: The History and Legacy of East Germany’s Secret Police Agency (English Edition)

711 - Muslime in Europa!

La bataille de Bouvines The Stasi: The History and Legacy of East Germany’s Secret Police Agency (English Edition)

La bataille de Bouvines

Killing the Bismarck: The Stasi: The History and Legacy of East Germany’s Secret Police Agency (English Edition)

Killing the Bismarck:

Siege of Acre, 1189-1191: The Stasi: The History and Legacy of East Germany’s Secret Police Agency (English Edition)

Siege of Acre, 1189-1191:

La Trace et l'aura - Vies The Stasi: The History and Legacy of East Germany’s Secret Police Agency (English Edition)

La Trace et l'aura - Vies

King Arthur's Battle for The Stasi: The History and Legacy of East Germany’s Secret Police Agency (English Edition)

King Arthur's Battle for

The Sassanid Empire: The The Stasi: The History and Legacy of East Germany’s Secret Police Agency (English Edition)

The Sassanid Empire: The

Origin of the Templars: And The Stasi: The History and Legacy of East Germany’s Secret Police Agency (English Edition)

Origin of the Templars: And

Collision of Empires: The War The Stasi: The History and Legacy of East Germany’s Secret Police Agency (English Edition)

Collision of Empires: The War

War Zone Zoo: The Berlin Zoo The Stasi: The History and Legacy of East Germany’s Secret Police Agency (English Edition)

War Zone Zoo: The Berlin Zoo

Das heilige Römische The Stasi: The History and Legacy of East Germany’s Secret Police Agency (English Edition)

Das heilige Römische

The Story Of The Lafayette The Stasi: The History and Legacy of East Germany’s Secret Police Agency (English Edition)

The Story Of The Lafayette

The Priory of Sion (English The Stasi: The History and Legacy of East Germany’s Secret Police Agency (English Edition)

The Priory of Sion (English

Hamburg 25 Secrets - The The Stasi: The History and Legacy of East Germany’s Secret Police Agency (English Edition)

Hamburg 25 Secrets - The

Germany and the Second World The Stasi: The History and Legacy of East Germany’s Secret Police Agency (English Edition)

Germany and the Second World

A History of Slovakia: The The Stasi: The History and Legacy of East Germany’s Secret Police Agency (English Edition)

A History of Slovakia: The

Between Two Worlds: The The Stasi: The History and Legacy of East Germany’s Secret Police Agency (English Edition)

Between Two Worlds: The

The Wehrmacht: History, Myth, The Stasi: The History and Legacy of East Germany’s Secret Police Agency (English Edition)

The Wehrmacht: History, Myth,

Ideal Government and the Mixed The Stasi: The History and Legacy of East Germany’s Secret Police Agency (English Edition)

Ideal Government and the Mixed

Little Dictators: History of The Stasi: The History and Legacy of East Germany’s Secret Police Agency (English Edition)

Little Dictators: History of

Empire: How Britain Made the The Stasi: The History and Legacy of East Germany’s Secret Police Agency (English Edition)

Empire: How Britain Made the

Pleyn Delit: Medieval Cookery The Stasi: The History and Legacy of East Germany’s Secret Police Agency (English Edition)

Pleyn Delit: Medieval Cookery

1492 The Stasi: The History and Legacy of East Germany’s Secret Police Agency (English Edition)

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A Glimpse Of King Richard III The Stasi: The History and Legacy of East Germany’s Secret Police Agency (English Edition)

A Glimpse Of King Richard III

Vom Königlichen The Stasi: The History and Legacy of East Germany’s Secret Police Agency (English Edition)

Vom Königlichen

The Third Reich: A The Stasi: The History and Legacy of East Germany’s Secret Police Agency (English Edition)

The Third Reich: A

The Fourth Crusade: The The Stasi: The History and Legacy of East Germany’s Secret Police Agency (English Edition)

The Fourth Crusade: The

John Dudley: The Life of Lady The Stasi: The History and Legacy of East Germany’s Secret Police Agency (English Edition)

John Dudley: The Life of Lady

A Delusion of Satan: Full The Stasi: The History and Legacy of East Germany’s Secret Police Agency (English Edition)

A Delusion of Satan: Full

Bismarck: The Final Days of The Stasi: The History and Legacy of East Germany’s Secret Police Agency (English Edition)

Bismarck: The Final Days of

Die christlichen The Stasi: The History and Legacy of East Germany’s Secret Police Agency (English Edition)

Die christlichen

Die Ritteridee in der The Stasi: The History and Legacy of East Germany’s Secret Police Agency (English Edition)

Die Ritteridee in der

Lipstick Traces: Von Dada bis The Stasi: The History and Legacy of East Germany’s Secret Police Agency (English Edition)

Lipstick Traces: Von Dada bis

"Aber weil Hiersein viel The Stasi: The History and Legacy of East Germany’s Secret Police Agency (English Edition)

"Aber weil Hiersein viel

Der Heliand The Stasi: The History and Legacy of East Germany’s Secret Police Agency (English Edition)

Der Heliand

Imperial Germany 1871-1918 The Stasi: The History and Legacy of East Germany’s Secret Police Agency (English Edition)

Imperial Germany 1871-1918

Die Deutschen und ihre The Stasi: The History and Legacy of East Germany’s Secret Police Agency (English Edition)

Die Deutschen und ihre

Krieg in Norwegen The Stasi: The History and Legacy of East Germany’s Secret Police Agency (English Edition)

Krieg in Norwegen

The Journal of a Mission to The Stasi: The History and Legacy of East Germany’s Secret Police Agency (English Edition)

The Journal of a Mission to

Il tempo interrotto. Breve The Stasi: The History and Legacy of East Germany’s Secret Police Agency (English Edition)

Il tempo interrotto. Breve

The Weimar Republic: The The Stasi: The History and Legacy of East Germany’s Secret Police Agency (English Edition)

The Weimar Republic: The

The Pity of It All: A Portrait The Stasi: The History and Legacy of East Germany’s Secret Police Agency (English Edition)

The Pity of It All: A Portrait

Leopold von Ranke: The Stasi: The History and Legacy of East Germany’s Secret Police Agency (English Edition)

Leopold von Ranke:

Spectaculum Mundi Medievalis: The Stasi: The History and Legacy of East Germany’s Secret Police Agency (English Edition)

Spectaculum Mundi Medievalis:

Reluctant Meister: How The Stasi: The History and Legacy of East Germany’s Secret Police Agency (English Edition)

Reluctant Meister: How

Bayonets For Hire: Mercenaries The Stasi: The History and Legacy of East Germany’s Secret Police Agency (English Edition)

Bayonets For Hire: Mercenaries

Discerning Spirits: Divine and The Stasi: The History and Legacy of East Germany’s Secret Police Agency (English Edition)

Discerning Spirits: Divine and

U-47 in Scapa Flow: The The Stasi: The History and Legacy of East Germany’s Secret Police Agency (English Edition)

U-47 in Scapa Flow: The

Gli imperi del Medioevo The Stasi: The History and Legacy of East Germany’s Secret Police Agency (English Edition)

Gli imperi del Medioevo

Crusaders: An Epic History of The Stasi: The History and Legacy of East Germany’s Secret Police Agency (English Edition)

Crusaders: An Epic History of

An Advertisement for The Stasi: The History and Legacy of East Germany’s Secret Police Agency (English Edition)

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Budapest, 1900 The Stasi: The History and Legacy of East Germany’s Secret Police Agency (English Edition)

Budapest, 1900

From Counter-reformation to The Stasi: The History and Legacy of East Germany’s Secret Police Agency (English Edition)

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From Scythia to Camelot: A The Stasi: The History and Legacy of East Germany’s Secret Police Agency (English Edition)

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The Middle Ages Unlocked: A The Stasi: The History and Legacy of East Germany’s Secret Police Agency (English Edition)

The Middle Ages Unlocked: A

Heyne Science Fiction The Stasi: The History and Legacy of East Germany’s Secret Police Agency (English Edition)

Heyne Science Fiction

Miedzianka The Stasi: The History and Legacy of East Germany’s Secret Police Agency (English Edition)

Miedzianka

Pleyn Delit: Medieval Cookery The Stasi: The History and Legacy of East Germany’s Secret Police Agency (English Edition)

Pleyn Delit: Medieval Cookery

La Maison Dieu. Une histoire The Stasi: The History and Legacy of East Germany’s Secret Police Agency (English Edition)

La Maison Dieu. Une histoire

Ambivalent Conquests: Maya and The Stasi: The History and Legacy of East Germany’s Secret Police Agency (English Edition)

Ambivalent Conquests: Maya and

Agincourt: My Family, the The Stasi: The History and Legacy of East Germany’s Secret Police Agency (English Edition)

Agincourt: My Family, the

Bomber Command The Stasi: The History and Legacy of East Germany’s Secret Police Agency (English Edition)

Bomber Command

Kosovo in a Nutshell: A Brief The Stasi: The History and Legacy of East Germany’s Secret Police Agency (English Edition)

Kosovo in a Nutshell: A Brief

German Battlecruisers of World The Stasi: The History and Legacy of East Germany’s Secret Police Agency (English Edition)

German Battlecruisers of World

The Middle Ages (English The Stasi: The History and Legacy of East Germany’s Secret Police Agency (English Edition)

The Middle Ages (English

711 n. Chr. - Muslime in The Stasi: The History and Legacy of East Germany’s Secret Police Agency (English Edition)

711 n. Chr. - Muslime in

German Order of Battle: The Stasi: The History and Legacy of East Germany’s Secret Police Agency (English Edition)

German Order of Battle:

The Condor Legion: German The Stasi: The History and Legacy of East Germany’s Secret Police Agency (English Edition)

The Condor Legion: German

Wicked Children: Murderous The Stasi: The History and Legacy of East Germany’s Secret Police Agency (English Edition)

Wicked Children: Murderous

Weltenbrand: Die Kriege der The Stasi: The History and Legacy of East Germany’s Secret Police Agency (English Edition)

Weltenbrand: Die Kriege der

Wikinger: Wissen was stimmt The Stasi: The History and Legacy of East Germany’s Secret Police Agency (English Edition)

Wikinger: Wissen was stimmt

The Lewis Chessmen: Unmasked The Stasi: The History and Legacy of East Germany’s Secret Police Agency (English Edition)

The Lewis Chessmen: Unmasked

Pandora's Box: A History The Stasi: The History and Legacy of East Germany’s Secret Police Agency (English Edition)

Pandora's Box: A History

Feldzugsaufzeichnungen, als The Stasi: The History and Legacy of East Germany’s Secret Police Agency (English Edition)

Feldzugsaufzeichnungen, als

Der rote Kampfflieger The Stasi: The History and Legacy of East Germany’s Secret Police Agency (English Edition)

Der rote Kampfflieger

Senioren  Fit wie ein The Stasi: The History and Legacy of East Germany’s Secret Police Agency (English Edition)

Senioren Fit wie ein