Legacy, 2018

Participating as a data collector in a totalitarian system was a demonstration of faith in the idea of communism and, therefore, 'progress' and the accompanying belief that the former GDR was a legitimate alternative to the West. By being proactive and obedient, 'nor-mal' citizens, they legitimised the government's surveillance programme and participated in creating a culture of fear and intimidation which damaged the lives of countless numbers of their fellow citizens.