Includes bibliographical references (pages 148-160) and index.
Analysing Stasi files and interviews with one time informers, the author examines the confrontation with this legacy in united Germany. She discusses the daily machinations of the state and the motivation and justification of being an informer.
1. 'A completely normal biography'? -- 2. The recruitment process: a work of art -- 3. On motivation -- 4. Between theory and practice : a day in the life of a Stasi informer -- 5. 'If only I had known' : breaking the bond -- 6. Politicians as informers -- 7. Justice and the law -- 8. The guilt continuum : defining degrees of conformity and resistance -- 9. Looking back -- 10. Re-acquisition of biography -- 11. Impact and implications of an extraordinary legacy.
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