“Zerstzung”, a poem about The Stasi in Autumn Sky

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The Stasi of East Germany was one of the most effective secret police agencies to have existed; its motto was: ‘Shield and Sword of the Party.’ It spied on the citizenry through a vast network of citizens turned informants, and fought any opposition by tactics of Zersetzung, or the hidden psychological destruction of targets. This was designed to ‘switch off’ perceived dissidents so that they lose the will for ‘unacceptable’ activities… it included wiretapping, bugging, mysterious phone calls, breaking into homes and subtly rearranging their contents… Usually, victims had no clue the Stasi was responsible.

This is a narrative poem called — Zerstzung — in Autumn Sky.