System Reconstructs Secret Stasi Files

May 2008
Information Management Journal;May/Jun2008, Vol. 42 Issue 3, p7
The article reports that approximately 15 scientists have been assembling and reconstructing, by hand, past records of East Germans and foreigners. Shortly after the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989, the East German secret police (Stasi) tore apart the records. The scientists have been able to finish about 10 documents per day, which at that rate could take over 400 years to finish. Technological innovations from a group of German scientists, however, have developed a computer scanning system that can aid in reconstruction of the files, resulting in the task to be completed in five years.


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