The German schoolboy jailed for writing to the BBC

The East German secret police went to extraordinary lengths to track down people who wrote letters to the BBC during the Cold War. One of those arrested and jailed was a teenager who longed to express himself freely – and paid a high price.

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  • BillyHW

    It was a young Angela Merkel who arrested him.

    • Drunk by Noon ✓

      No kidding.
      I was also wondering if the BBC cooperated with the STASI in tracking down the East German kids.
      That’s sounds about their speed.

      • BillyHW

        I’m certain of it.

      • Sid Falco

        I bet the BBC handed copies of the letters to the Stasi and then tool the programme off air when asked to.

  • Maurice Miner

    So, B21/70, now you know who truly holds the power here.

  • Sid Falco

    And now all of Germany is ran by a fat, ugly, german-hating communist who would have had the letter-writers shot on the spot.