Espionage

Contemporary Witnesses

Spy training

Eberhard Fätkenheuer from Brandenburg met his future friend "Karli" from Austria on a train trip to Prague in 1968. Seven years later, this same friend recruited him as an agent for the United States' foreign intelligence service, the CIA. Fätkenheuer remembers his training as an agent, which took place at Lake Balaton (German: Plattensee) in Hungary.

In the grip of the NKVD

GDR citizen Günther Rehbein is arrested by the Soviet Ministry of the Interior in 1952 for no apparent reason and tortured in the most brutal way.

Fateful visit

The GDR citizen Arnold Kirchner spent a year in prison for allegedly bribing criminal police officers. He was repeatedly accused of new crimes. Afraid of being arrested again, Kirchner fled to West Berlin. He quickly found employment as a political editor at RIAS. When his mother visited him, she was immediately arrested on her return in Halle (Saale) and sentenced to 25 years of forced labor in Siberia for espionage and anti-Soviet agitation.

Destruction and backup

Hannelore Köhler took part in the storming of the Stasi headquarters in Berlin's Normannenstrasse on January 15, 1990, and shortly thereafter became spokesperson for the Citizens' Committee for the Dissolution of the Ministry for State Security. Köhler recounts how Stasi employees tricked the committee into letting incriminating files disappear.

Espionage for the West

Helmuth Peters, together with two classmates, opposed the regulations of the Soviet occupiers. He openly entered into opposition and maintained contact with the West Zone. Via RIAS, he and his friend made contact with journalists, for whom they supplied information from the SBZ. One day their espionage was discovered and they had to flee.

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