Inside The Stasi Files
He studies at university were cut off abruptly and he was prohibited from traveling outside his country, East Germany, which is also known also as the GDR.
Professional efforts seemed pointless, because he would never be promoted. It was the life of an energetic, motivated young man but it came to look like the life of a deadbeat. This was life as dictated by East Germany's Ministry for State Security, the Staatssicherheitsdienst, known as the Stasi.
Beleites, for his part, was engaged in subtle activism and was part of the quiet revolution within the GDR in the lead up to the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989. As an environmental activist one of the subtle ways of jabbing pandora au online shop the government without actually insulting it (which was absolutely verboten) he was monitored by the Stasi through acquaintances who were citizen informers. His punishments, such as the travel restriction, were determined in secret by the Stasi, Beleites says.
He knows because he has read a detailed account of the Stasi's plan for him in his own Stasi file. He was the first East German to read his file after they were opened to the public by pandora necklace australia a sudden and sweeping Federal Republic order in 1992.
The move came after two years of debate over what would happen to the fledgling democracy if the Pandora's Box of files was opened. Since there's been a tidal wave of requests to review the files, which name informants. In some cases, sophisticated technology is being used to reassemble torn documents.
"I saw it was important that people could see in black and white that the Stasi had a systematic plan," for so many East Germans, Beleites said. And personally for him, it was important that his family could see that the narrow life he led was not his fault.
The Stasi considered itself the "sword and shield" of East Germany's ruling Socialist Unity Party. It has been compared to the Nazi Gestapo, but was more pervasive. The Gestapo had 40,000 officials for a population of 80 million; the Stasi was comprised of nearly three times the number of officials not counting citizen informants controlling a population a quarter of that size. They thoroughly infiltrated churches, schools, hospitals and universities. The Stasi files are a product of four decades of meticulous notetaking.
Now the Stasi files are part of Beleites' daily life. He is the German state of Saxony's national representative for Stasi documents from the former GDR.
It has been 15 years since Beleites opened his file and since an estimated six million East Germans who had been imprisoned, interrogated or spied on by pandora charm bracelets for women the Stasi have first had access to theirs. That's just fifteen years since an estimated one third of the population could begin learning the identities of their oppressors. Neighbors, co workers and friends began finding out who had turned on whom. He read its contents and used it to track down the acquaintances who had spied on him, as well as the Stasi officers in charge of his case. All but one agreed to talk with him.
"In every case, the story was understandable, all too understandable; human, all too human," Garton Ash wrote in the New York Review of Books.
By 1988, the Stasi employed 170,000 informers and nearly 100,000 full time ministry workers.
There is a significant population in Eastern Germany that is former Stasi. Despite the poignant story of a sympathetic Stasi agent in Florian Henckel pandora s charms von Donnersmarck's Oscar winning film "The Lives of Others," "human" does not always equal "good." East Germans are brutally aware of this.
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