Shield and Sword

(Wir sind das Volk)

GDR, 1993, 45 min, color
In German; English subtitles


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. 


This documentary can be purchased as part of the collection That was the GDR: A History of the Other Germany.


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