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BerlinShocking revelation: Germany has been shaken by the revelation that a police officer who killed a demonstrator in West Berlin in 1967, sparking a massive left-wing protest movement, was an East German spy. The killing of the unarmed protester by officer Karl-Heinz Kurras galvanized leftist activists in West Germany against what they saw as the oppressive, right-wing state. It’s as if John F. Kennedy had been killed “by a Secret Service agent working for the East,” said Stefan Aust, author of a book on the German protest movement. “It changes everything.” It’s not clear, though, that the shooting was necessarily an East German plot to destabilize West Germany. The researchers who found the Kurras file in East German archives said there was no evidence that he was ordered to shoot the protester.

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