Declassified tapes give new insight into inner workings of East German Stasi

Trove of classified recordings includes interrogations by communist secret police

Erich Mielke Stasi
Stasi chief Erich Mielke gives a speech outside the agency’s headquarters in Berlin
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The release of a series of top-secret Stasi tapes is shedding light on the inner workings of the once-feared German police agency.

The 14 highly classified recordings were once held by the agency’s elite training school, the Institute of Operative Psychology in Potsdam, and “offer a rare and candid glimpse into the corrupt heart” of one of the most hated and feared institutions of the East German communist government, The Times reports.

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