Germans Flock to See East German Secret Police Files

Posted by admin on Mar 11, 2011

More than two decades after the Berlin Wall fell, Germans are still queueing to see the files on them compiled by the Stasi, the hated East German secret police, the head of the archive said Thursday.Since the Wall came down in 1989, there have been 1.8 million requests for access to Stasi documentation, Marianne Birthler told reporters.

In 2010, there were 78,500 individual requests, around one third of which were first requests, she said. “In half of the cases, we find something, which can range from a simple card to enough documents to load down a table,” said Birthler, who is retiring after 10 years in charge of the archive.

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