In the clutches of the Stasi

In the clutches of the Stasi

A behind the scenes look at the STASI prisons

Powerlessness and fear. Most of those who fell into the clutches of the GDR State Security report exactly those feelings. Often, after spying and massive intimidation followed the arrest. He who was asked by the state security for, as it was known in the official German, "clarification of facts" had to endure massive reprisals on themselves. In the 17 detention centers of the Ministry of State Security political prisoners were tortured and humiliated. Sleep deprivation and total isolation of the prisoners belonged, alongside brutal interrogation methods, in the arsenal of the Stasi. Their will should be broken. This documentary takes a look behind the scenes of the Stasi prisons and lets victims of the Stasi have their say.