Sunday, August 12, 2007

East German Border Guards Had 'Shoot-to-Kill' Orders to Stop Defections to West has this article from The Times (UK):

Researchers have discovered a Cold War “shoot-to-kill” order in what amounts to the clearest evidence yet that East German troops were given a licence to fire on people fleeing to the West, the Times of London reported.

The written order, issued to Stasi secret service agents, states: “Don’t hesitate to use your weapon even when border breaches happen with women and children, which traitors have often exploited in the past.”

It's something I've known in my heart for a long time.

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