Writing the Stasi – guest post by Fiona Rintoul

Leipzig Town Centre in the 80s (C) Fiona Rintoul
Leipzig Town Centre in the 80s © Fiona Rintoul, 1986

“Stasi” was the first new vocabulary item I learnt when I arrived at the Karl-Marx-University Leipzig as an exchange student in the 1980s. Short for Staatsicherheit – the hated East German secret service – Stasi was a word you whispered, like the name of a terrible disease. Continue reading “Writing the Stasi – guest post by Fiona Rintoul”