BBC World News, 16 January 2012
The heart of the former East German police state – the office of Stasi chief Erich Mielke – has been opened to the public in Berlin.
The original plush furnishings have been restored at “Haus 1” – the former communist secret police headquarters, which is now a museum.
Before the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989 about 8,000 Stasi agents worked there, isolated from ordinary citizens.
Twenty-two years ago protesters stormed the HQ and saved many secret files. (more…)