From the archives
Well, it’s just been confirmed in Germany that despite the endless denials, the Stasi secret police had clear orders to shoot to kill anyone attempting to cross the Wall to the West. Including children.
For years, the East German communists and their (many) apologists in the West denied that such an order ever existed.
Instead, they claimed, it was up to guard units along the border to decide what action to take when confronted with would-be escapers.
But as you can read here, this was a lie.
Newly-uncovered archive material confirms that in October 1973, the Communist Party’s highest policy-making body, the Politburo, ordered the Stasi thus: “Do not hesitate with the use of a firearm, including when the border breakouts involve women and children, which the traitors have already frequently taken advantage of."
Luckily, the Stasi and East Germany have long been confined to the old dustbin of history.
But sadly, its trainees remain at work. In Cuba. And so do the apologists.