Historians still piecing together East German secret police files 25 years later

October 2, 2015 5:48 PM

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Historians still piecing together East German secret police files 25 years later

Sept. 10, 2015- Worker sorts pieces of files of former GDR secret police Stasi in Berlin. The Ministry for State Security used a network of agents and informers to collect details of almost every citizen in East Germany, to better quash dissent. 25 years later, historians are using a method that allows computers to scan pre-sorted shreds and automatically find bits that match to piece information together. (AP)

In this May 24, 2011 picture, a woman sorts paper fragments at the Government's Institute for checking the former East German Intelligence papers in Berlin, Germany. The Ministry for State Security, better known as the Stasi, used a network of agents and informers to collect details of almost every ...

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