Ralph – Arrested and interrogated by the Stasi

Ralph Hänel continues the story of his life in East Germany.

We hear of Ralph’s arrest by the Stasi and subsequent interrogation for 10 months.

Ralph describes in some detail the arrest and his early days of imprisonment. He also details the techniques used to try and make him break and the pressure the Stasi also put on his mother.

It’s an incredible insight into the workings of the Stasi from someone who was there and I am honoured that Ralph shared this story with us.

We also hear about his court case and in the following episode we hear about his time in the Stasi prison in Cottbus which with its dark red brick façade was often referred to as the ‘Red Misery’.

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I am delighted to welcome Ralph to our Cold War conversation…

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