NKIDP documents obtained from East Germany's STASI archive featured in Donga Ilbo article on clandestine South Korean members of the Korean Workers' Party

Apr 16, 2010

Documents obtained by NKIDP scholar Bernd Schaefer from the archives of East Germany's state security service, or Stasi, were featured in an article in South Korea's Dong-a Ilbo. The documents detail procedures for admitting clandestine members of the Korean Workers' Party from South Korea to East Germany for meetings with North Korean officials. According to the documents, North Korea and East Germany established special procedures for South Korean "comrades" to secretly enter the GDR for meetings with North Korean officials at the DPRK embassy. East Berlin was also used as a stopover for these South Korean "comrades" traveling to Pyongyang for meetings with North Korean officials.

View the article in Korean at the Dong-a Ilbo website.

Subsequent articles featuring the documents were carried in the Dong-a-Ilbo and the Choson Ilbo:


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  • Christian F. Ostermann // Director, History and Public Policy Program; Global Europe; Cold War International History Project; North Korea Documentation Project; Nuclear Proliferation International History Project
  • James Person // Deputy Director, History and Public Policy Program; Cold War International History Project; North Korea Documentation Project; Nuclear Proliferation International History Project
  • Charles Kraus // Program Assistant
  • Roy O. Kim // Program Assistant