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The Shocking 1990 Investigative Report On The Revelations Of The Profound Power And Control Of The STASI, State Police Of East Germany, The First Such Report Made After The Fall Of The East German Regime, Presented In The Highest DVD Quality MPG Video Format Of 9.1 MBPS As An Archival Quality All Regions Format DVD, MP4 Video Download Or USB Flash Drive! (Color, 1990, 44 Minutes.) #Stasi #MinistryForStateSecurity#EastGermany #GermanDemocraticRepublic #GDR #DeutscheDemokratischeRepublik #DDR #IntelligenceAgencies #SecretPolice #StatePolice #StateSecurity #Zersetzung #Espionage #CovertOperations #SocialistUnityPartyOfGermany #SozialistischeEinheitsparteiDeutschlands #SED #EastGermanCommunistParty #ErichMielke #Zersetzung #MainDirectorateForReconnaissance #HauptverwaltungAufklarung #HVA #MarkusWolf #StasiRecordsAgency #EasternBloc #CommunistBloc #Oppression #CommunistOpression #EastGermany #EastGermanHistory #HistoryOfEastGermany #Germany #GermanHistory #HistoryOfGermany #Totalitarianism #StateSurveillance #Communism #CommunistRepression #ColdWar #DVD #MP4 #VideoDownload
The Stasi (February 8, 1950 - January 13, 1990) was the official state security service of the German Democratic Republic (GDR), the secret police of East Germany known officially as The Ministry for State Security (German: Ministerium fur Staatssicherheit, MfS) or State Security Service (Staatssicherheitsdienst, SSD). It has been described as one of the most effective and repressive intelligence and secret police agencies ever to have existed. The Stasi was headquartered in East Berlin, with an extensive complex in Berlin-Lichtenberg and several smaller facilities throughout the city. The Stasi motto was Schild und Schwert der Partei (Shield and Sword of the Party), referring to the ruling Socialist Unity Party of Germany (Sozialistische Einheitspartei Deutschlands, SED) and also echoing a theme of the KGB, the Soviet counterpart and close partner, with respect to its own ruling party, the Communist Party of the Soviet Union (CPSU). Erich Mielke was the Stasi's longest-serving chief, in power for 32 of the 40 years of the GDR's existence. One of the Stasi's main tasks was spying on the population, primarily through a vast network of citizens turned informants, and fighting any opposition by overt and covert measures, including hidden psychological destruction of dissidents (Zersetzung, literally meaning "decomposition"). It arrested 250,000 people as political prisoners during its existence. Its Main Directorate for Reconnaissance (Hauptverwaltung Aufklarung) was responsible both for espionage and for conducting covert operations in foreign countries. Under its long-time head Markus Wolf, this directorate gained a reputation as one of the most effective intelligence agencies of the Cold War. The Stasi also maintained contacts, and occasionally cooperated, with Western terrorists. On January 13, 1990: The Stasi was immediately dissolved by the government, with certain functions related to law enforcement handed over to the GDR Ministry of Internal Affairs as well as guardianship of the former Stasi's remaining facilities. Numerous Stasi officials were prosecuted for their crimes after 1990. After German reunification, the surveillance files that the Stasi had maintained on millions of East Germans were laid open, so that any citizen could inspect their personal file on request; these files are now maintained by the Federal Commissioner for the Stasi Records Agency. In a 1993 interview, Holocaust survivor and Nazi-hunter Simon Wiesenthal said that, if one considers only the oppression of their own people, the Stasi "was much, much worse than the Gestapo".