The Spy Who Wasn’t: A West Berlin Journalist in the Grip of the State Secret Police

Gero Gandert, German film critic and historian, talked about his run-in with the East German State Secret Police (Stasi).  Gandert was arrested by the Stasi, charged with “agitating against the state” and sentenced to three years of solitary confinement.  This sentence came after he asked critical questions at a press conference about Deutsche Film-Aktiengesellschaft (DEFA) in 1958, as well as from his writings about the Film Festival in Karlovy Vary for the Ministry for All German Questions.

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