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Das war die DDR: Teil 4, Wir sind das Volk (That Was the GDR: Part 4 / Shield and Sword)

1993, b/w & color, 90 min. Documentary
Dirs. Anne Worst, Arnold Seul, Martina Koerbler
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The Ministry for State Security (MfS) was from its founding in 1950 the central instrument of domination, the "shield and sword of the Party" for defense against external and internal enemies. The Stasi, the political secret police, conducted surveillance and investigated punishable activity. A gigantic European surveillance apparatus ultimately appears spies and informants with German thoroughness. "We are the people": this was the chant of 70,000 protesters in the streets of Leipzig. A film about the end of the German Democratic Republic (GDR). It begins as the GDR enjoys its greatest success, recognition by the Federal Republic of Germany, and ends with the hope for two German States and peaceful coexistence.

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