The Stasi surveillance has consequences for the economy until today

The Stasi surveillance has consequences for the economy until today

Bernd Roth’s career begins with the betrayal of a friend. He is 16 years old when the neatly dressed man on the other side of the desk asks about his buddy. Roth knows what consequences his statement can have. But he talks anyway. Years later he will learn that the questions were a test: the Stasi wanted to know how far Roth would go. It is the beginning of his double life as a spit. The 16 – year old from Thuringia meets regularly from now on with the man, who is now his executive officer. He will provide him with information for five years. Then Roth, alias “Calixtus”, moves to the other side of the desk – and even hires informants. “The Stasi wanted to know how people thought what they were discussing and if there were those who rejected everything,” says the 65 – year old today.
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