December 5, 2021 at 11:11 am #206adminKeymaster
The Stasi spying network of citizens-turned-informants is similar to the controls enforced on citizens in Soviet Russia as experienced by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn and partly described in “The Gulag Archipelago”. The Stasi was the “security” or “intelligence” police of East Germany. Psychological warfare tactics were applied to citizens and many of these techniques form the basis of today’s phenomenon of Gangstalking.
From Wikipedia (accessed 5 December 2021):
“One of the Stasi’s main tasks was spying on the population, primarily through a vast network of citizens-turned-informants, and fighting any opposition by overt and covert measures, including hidden psychological destruction of dissidents (Zersetzung, literally meaning “decomposition”). It arrested 250,000 people as political prisoners during its existence.”[9 – East Germany’s inescapable Hohenschönhausen prison, Deutsche Welle, 9 October 2014., https://www.dw.com/en/east-germanys-inescapable-hohensch%C3%B6nhausen-prison/a-17982535%5D”
“Zersetzung (pronounced [t͡sɛɐ̯ˈzɛt͡sʊŋ], German for “decomposition”) is a psychological warfare technique used by the Ministry for State Security (Stasi) to repress political opponents in East Germany during the 1970s and 1980s. Zersetzung served to combat alleged and actual dissidents through covert means, using secret methods of abusive control and psychological manipulation to prevent anti-government activities.”
“Although Mielke’s Stasi was superficially granted independence in 1957, until 1990 the KGB continued to maintain liaison officers in all eight main Stasi directorates, each with his own office inside the Stasi’s Berlin compound, and in each of the fifteen Stasi district headquarters around East Germany. Collaboration was so close that the KGB invited the Stasi to establish operational bases in Moscow and Leningrad to monitor visiting East German tourists and Mielke referred to the Stasi officers as “Chekists of the Soviet Union”. In 1978, Mielke formally granted KGB officers in East Germany the same rights and powers that they enjoyed in the Soviet Union.[16 – Koehler 2000, p. 74, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stasi#CITEREFKoehler2000%5D”
“…The book then describes and discusses the waves of purges and the assembling of show trials in the context of the development of the greater Gulag system; … In 1973, the KGB seized one of only three existing copies of the text still on Soviet soil. This was achieved after interrogating Elizaveta Voronyanskaya, one of Solzhenitsyn’s trusted typists who knew where the typed copy was hidden; within days of her release by the KGB she was found hanged in the stairwell of her apartment; she had apparently either hanged herself or been murdered (3 August 1973).” [8 – ), Solzhenitsyn, Literary Giant Who Defied Soviets Dies at 89, https://www.nytimes.com/2008/08/04/books/04solzhenitsyn.html ]” – From Wikipedia (accessed 5 December 2021)
“The Stasi used Zersetzung essentially as a means of psychological oppression and persecution. Findings of operational psychology were formulated into method at the Stasi’s College of Law (Juristische Hochschule der Staatssicherheit, or JHS), and applied to political opponents in an effort to undermine their self-confidence and self-esteem. Operations were designed to intimidate and destabilise them by subjecting them to repeated disappointment, and to socially alienate them by interfering with and disrupting their relationships with others as in social undermining. The aim was to induce personal crises in victims, leaving them too unnerved and psychologically distressed to have the time and energy for anti-government activism. The Stasi intentionally concealed their role as mastermind of the operations. Author Jürgen Fuchs was a victim of Zersetzung and wrote about his experience, describing the Stasi’s actions as “psychosocial crime”, and “an assault on the human soul”.
Although its techniques had been established effectively by the late 1950s, Zersetzung was not rigorously defined until the mid-1970s, and only then began to be carried out in a systematic manner in the 1970s and 1980s. It is difficult to determine how many people were targeted, since the sources have been deliberately and considerably redacted; it is known, however, that tactics varied in scope, and that a number of different departments implemented them. Overall there was a ratio of four or five authorised Zersetzung operators for each targeted group, and three for each individual. Some sources indicate that around 5,000 people were “persistently victimised” by Zersetzung. At the College of Legal Studies, the number of dissertations submitted on the subject of Zersetzung was in double figures. It also had a comprehensive 50-page Zersetzung teaching manual, which included numerous examples of its practice.”
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