Release 4 August 2011:
Concerning My Alleged Collaboration with the Stasi
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Translated by J M Damon
At no time did I ever work for the MFS [“STASI” OR
MINISTERIUM FÜR STAATSSICHERHEIT, the ministry of
state security of the DEUTSCHE DEMOKRATISCHE REPUBLIK
= former Democratic Republic of Germany.]
The allegation [in the BERLINER ZEITUNG] that I
“confessed” to collaborating with the STASI is a
bald faced lie, a pure invention that is going to have
legal consequences for its originator.
I am not aware that the MFS ever tried to persuade me
to collaborate with them.
The CIA did make such an attempt and they were
Perhaps the INNENSENATOR [Minister of the
Interior] of Berlin would be so kind as to document
this for us?
Following the Cuban Missile Crisis of 1962, I agitated
intensively within a circle of politically motivated
friends to develop West Berlin into a hub of popular
East - West dialog.
Walter Barthel, one of those involved in
developing this concept, was my closest political
In the 1960s he achieved extraordinary results for the
AUßERPARLAMENTARISCHE OPPOSITION [Extraparliamentary
Opposition] in West Berlin.
After the collapse of the DDR it was revealed that
Barthel had been a double agent for the MfS and BND [BUNDESNACHRICHTENDIENST
= the secret intelligence agency of the Federal
Republic], according to DER SPIEGEL.
I had no knowledge of my friend’s activities in the
During the above-mentioned time I set myself the task
of openly (not secretly) engaging the SEW [SOZIALISTISCHE
EINHEITSPARTEI WEST BERLINS] as a dialog partner in
West Berlin’s decision-making process.
These efforts involved numerous and diverse contacts
with journalists and party functionaries on the
I was more or less regularly involved in discussions
with representatives of the Soviet news agency TASS
and NOVOSTY who were accredited in West Berlin.
My association with Gerd Danelius, the chairman of the
SEW, came about during the tense and agitated Easter
holidays of 1968, following the assassination attempt
on Rudi Dutschke.
The association was congenial, well nigh friendly.
Danelius informed me which reports of my political
activities had landed on Honnecker’s desk.
At the height of the 1968 disorders, Danelius assigned
a member of the SEW party leadership (a Mr.Teske?) as
my “personal secretary.”
He had responsibility for coordinating my
At this time and against the background, the media
greatly intensified its harassment of me, which
prompted the “crown jurist” of the DDR, Friedrich
Kaul, to offer me a lectureship at Humboldt University
in order to provide security for my family and me.
After consulting with my wife, I declined this offer.
It is certainly no co-incidence that at the present
moment the alleged “Stasi suspicions” are being so
loudly and emphatically trumpeted.
Obviously the accusations are intended to counteract
the sympathetic impressions created by Birgit
Schulz’s documentary “DIE ANWÄLTE” that was
recently broadcast on ARD Television.
The documentary has enjoyed wide circulation and won
[For a review of “DIE ANWÄLTE” visit this
Once again it is significant [and the documentary
emphasizes] that the length of my combined prison
sentences (originally 12 years, subsequently reduced
to 10 years and two months through recompilation
according to sentencing guidelines) as well as the
underlying “criminal acts” on which the sentence
was based, are concerned exclusively with the
“crimes” of expressing proscribed opinions that
were hidden from public view.
In order to counter the media intrigue, the public
should insist that the attorney general of Berlin
district court make public the entire record of my
interrogation concerned with the re-opening of the
[Karl-Heinz Kurras is the policeman who shot Benno
Ohnesorg in a courtyard in 1967: <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Benno_Ohnesorg>]
My interrogation lasted more than five hours.
In conclusion I wish to point out that the index cards
that form the basis for allegations that I was an IM
for the STASI [INOFFIZIELLER MITARBEITER], have been
known to press circles for years.
[The Stasi kept files on almost everyone - they do not
suggest that Mahler was an agent.]
4 August 2011