The File A Personal History [E–pub/E–book]


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  • The File A Personal History
  • Timothy Garton Ash
  • English
  • 15 June 2019
  • 9780006388470

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The File A Personal History review º eBook or Kindle ePUB When Timothy Garton Ash graduated from Oxford in 1978 he went to live in Berlin ostensibly to research and write about Nazism But once there he gradually immersed himself in a study of the repressive political culture of East Germany As if to return the favor that culture in the form of the dreaded East German. Timothy Garton Ash s The File A Personal History is an exploration of the author s own file that was kept on him by the East German secret police the State Security Service the Stasi Mr Ash lived in East Berlin for a few years in the late 70s and early 80s ostensibly to finish his PhD thesis on the German Communist resistance to the Nazis Mr Ash a British citizen was getting his doctorate from St Antony s College at Oxford but actually to report as a journalist on the East German dictatorship Therefore Mr Ash was indeed a spy albeit a spy for the media rather than for MI5 or MI6 Upon the reunification of Germany the Stasi s files were largely thrown open to the public A staggering number of people have applied and been granted permission to see their own files Upon reading them they have found unwelcome and sometimes horrible truths wives finding that their own husbands informed on them for the Stasi for example Mr Ash tells the story of delving into his own file and comparing the informers reports with his own memory or indeed with his diary entries from that time or with articles he then published under a pseudonym in West Berlin Mr Ash then tracked down and interviewed most of the informants in his file He uestioned their motives for choosing to become Stasi informers and compared those motives and choices with his own he came close to joining MI6 at one time and he himself chose to clandestinely gather information and report it although not to any secret police or government agency Mr Ash also draws necessary and unsettling parallels between the East German citizenry s acuiescence in and participation in the communist dictatorship and the German people s in the Nazi regime While I was reading this book I was absolutely staggered by one of the numbers Mr Ash uoted 1 in 50 East Germans were informers for the Stasi When I told this to my husband he said Steph don t be such a hypocrite the FBI and the American people are just as bad Now I know in my bones that this is not so and I set out to prove him wrong I submitted a FOIA reuest Freedom of Information Act reuest to the FBI seeking a compilation of the numbers of FBI informants during the years J Edgar Hoover was the director of the FBI the darkest period in my estimation whether expressed as raw numbers or as a percentage of the American population Hah I thought For one thing there was no such thing as a FOIA reuest in East GermanyWhile I waited for the results of my FOIA reuest I finished the book And Mr Ash explored just that same territory in Britain that I was attempting to explore here in the US that is to compare the workings of the state security service in a democracy with the workings of the Stasi in the East German dictatorship And the results were not altogether heartening I was also astounded to learn that in Britain there is no such thing as a FOIA reuest British citizens cannot reuest to see the files that MI5 or MI6 hold on them Mr Ash learned that MI5 maintained a file on him through interviewing a gentleman at MI5 and by asking the uestion point blank The gentleman in his discretion chose to answer although he could rightfully have chosen to neither confirm nor deny the existence of a file on Mr AshAnd then when I got the results of my FOIA reuest I was further disheartened This is what I got The FOIA does not reuire federal agencies to answer inuiries create records conduct research or draw conclusions concerning ueried data Rather the FOIA reuires agencies to provide access to reasnably described nonexempt records The uestions posed in the referenced letter are not FOIA reuests becasue they do not comply with the FOIA and its regulations Now I know damn well that my reuest was broad enough to describe at least one document that certainly must already exist in the FBI s files there must be at least in the FBI s accounting records line items of the moneys paid out year by year to confidential informants and such a document would provide me with the information I sought in addition to other irrelevant for my purposes information If I were litigating and not merely doing a FOIA reuest in order to prove a point in a discussion with my husband I would fight this denial and I would win If I were personally a litigious person I would investigate federal law to confirm whether I could sue and recover damages for the FBI s failure to comply with FOIA But the FBI s response to my FOIA reuest is an answer of a different sort by narrowly interpreting my reuest and denying me the existing records I asked for the FBI is undermining the scope and reach of FOIA and on the spectrum ranging from democracy to dictatorship is edging itself further to the right that is closer to the Stasi And one passage from Mr Ash s book has stayed with me The domestic spies in a free country live this professional paradox they infringe our liberties in order to protect them But we have another paradox we support the system by uestioning it I support my free 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The File A Personal History review º eBook or Kindle ePUB Secret police the Stasi secretly began studying him As was Stasi's practice over the years its study produced a considerable paper trail After the fall of the East German communist regime a government apparatus was established to allow those targeted to see their Stasi files and Garton Ash discovered and pored. 35 I read some of Timothy Garton Ash s analysis of postwar Germany many many years ago as an undergraduate and was intrigued recently to come across his now over twenty year old memoir Its focus is narrow as a young man in the late 70searly 80s he spent time doing research and writing in East Germany After the Berlin Wall came down Garton Ash learned that he like so many East Germans was the subject of a Stasi file and that a number of people with whom he interacted were informers for the East German secret service He applies to see his file matches up what appears in it with his patchy memories and his diaries visits his informers and the Stasi officers involved in his surveillance and thinks about the socio historical and moral implications of the whole thingI found the author s visits to informers and officers and his thoughts about the big picture very interesting And it s uite amazing the extent to which the reunified Germany opened up the Stasi files He muses interestingly about the effect on the staffers of the agency tasked with permitting individuals access to their files However sober minded and responsible the people the procedures and the whole atmosphere there is still a voyeuristic thrill to knowing such intimate details of other people s lives And later How to work with poison every day and not yourself be poisoned These were passages that resonated significantly for me Garton Ash s memories of the time when he was under surveillance were less gripping Stasi surveillance extended so broadly that the fact one was being watched doesn t necessarily make what one was doing at the time all that interesting

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The File A Personal History review º eBook or Kindle ePUB Over his He then set about to interview the people who made this gross intrusion possible the several case officers and the numerous regular citizen informers The result is nothing short of a journey into the darkest recesses of the totalitarian mind taking its place honorably alongside 1984 and Darkness at Noo. Fantastic personal account of what it is like to read your Stasi file Beautifully written and a compelling mix of memoires and history which brought me to tears during then one passage I place a compact disc in the computer s CD drive and click the play button on screen From a loudspeaker somewhere behind the text I have just typed there comes the voice of Dietrich Fischer Dieskau recorded in 1958 at the height of the Cold War singing Schubert s great dark song Can any father hear it and not be movedThrough night and wind the father rides his child in his arms He holds him fast he keeps him warm The voice is strong and firm Then the elf king comes out of the night and woos the child with such beuatiful lines about those bright flowers golden robes and great games about his daughters who will cradle you and dance with you and sing to sleep And if you re not willing the voice is suddenly harsh he must then use force Against the music s threatening insistence the child cries out Oh father father he s seizing me now The father rides for dear life He reaches home at last The voice sinks almost to nothing In his arms the child was dead p 226 227


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