Berlin – In Hans Modrow’s study on the GDR ten-story near Karl-Marx-Allee, there is hardly any space left. On the tables there are stacks of books and newspapers, on the shelves there are even more books, photos and gifts for guests – wooden sculptures from trips to Japan, a stuffed crocodile that Modrow received from Fidel Castro. Above all, however, files are piling up with the man who was head of the GDR transitional government between December 1989 and April 1990 and is now chairman of the Left’s Council of Elders. They are files from secret services, but for once they do not come from the State Security archives, but from the BND and the Office for the Protection of the Constitution. Hans Modrow was shadowed by West German spies for decades and was the first East German to inspect files. In an exclusive interview with the Berliner Zeitung, the 93-year-old tells how he did it and why it is so important to him.
Mr. Modrow, you are sitting on mountains of paper at home – all files that the Federal Intelligence Service (BND) and the Office for the Protection of the Constitution have put on you. How long did you have to fight to get it released?
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