According to some estimates, one out of every 6.5 East Germans either worked or informed for the secret police. Now a Berlin-based photographer named Simon Menner has opened another small window into the Stasi’s daily operations.
Menner’s Web gallery is divided into discrete sections: “Giving Secret Signs”; “Dressup”; “Searching a Party Member’s Summer House.” Many of the images he has collected are totally mundane (see, for instance, the photos of teenagers’ bedrooms)—but that only makes the Stasi’s interest seem all the more nefarious. You’ll also see snaps taken in front of the U.S. and British embassies in Berlin, photographs of spies taking photographs of other spies, and a mysterious series involving a mailbox (could it have been anything other than a document drop?) that the Stasi had under surveillance.
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