My eyes bulged in amazement last week when I read the news from Germany. The policeman who shot dead an innocent civilian in a West Berlin street demonstration in 1967, an event that set off more than a decade of leftwing violence in West Germany and influenced the country’s political direction for even longer, turns out not to have been an ordinary Berlin cop at all. He was an agent of the communist East German Stasi secret police.
As historical revelations go, this is hard to beat. US-based bloggers have made the point that it is as if the infamous 1970 killings of four students at Kent State University had been carried out not by the Ohio National Guard but by KGB men infiltrated on to the campus. Read more