What’s The Stasi?

I heard a story this morning about The Berlin Wall coming down 20 years ago today. The person being interviewed at one point talked about how the Stasi in East Germany affected everyone’s life. She said, “1 out of 7 people either worked for the Stasi or as informants.” A few years after the wall came down, she was allowed to read the files the Stasi had on her father and learned that an uncle of hers was an informant and had provided information about her father. She told her uncle, “I’ve read the files,” and they haven’t spoken since. I didn’t know anything about the Stasi until I saw The Lives of Others. It’s one of the most powerful movies I saw from 2006. Anyone interested in the significance of The Berlin Wall coming down should check it out. I didn’t have a clue.