In East Germany, there was one Stasi agent or informer for every 63 citizens, records show.
On November 9, the Berlin Wall fell, but demonstrations in East Germany continued until the ﬁrst free elections in March.
Remember the Stasi, the secret police who operated in East Germany when it was a communist state?
He is currently at work on a book on the punk music scene in East Germany.
The untold story of East Germany's anarchic underground punk scene and the critical role it played bringing down the Berlin Wall.
Vladimir Putin famously ran agents for the KGB from 1985 to 1990 out of Dresden, which was then in communist East Germany.
In the East Germany of 1961, no such option could be implemented so long as the borders with West Berlin remained open.
A series of Monday-night protests began across the cities of East Germany, growing bigger every week.
Note: Former Eastern Bloc and Warsaw Pact nation, established as a republic in 1949; formed out of land in the zone of Germany occupied by the Soviet Union after World War II.
Note: The Berlin Wall was erected in 1961 to keep East Germans from defecting to the West.
Note: Although high for a communist nation, the East German living standard lagged far behind that of western Europe. Popular protests for democracy forced the communist government to open the Berlin Wall in 1989 and allow its citizens to migrate to West Germany. Unable to resist the tide of reform sweeping across communist states, the East German government agreed in 1990 to the reunification of Germany under the leadership of West Germany.