In the West German feuilletons, but not only there, a so-called Stasi debate broke out, which fortunately no one remembers today.

The unmasked IM immediately began to pose as victims.

Their rights would be disregarded if journalists pilloried them.

They would not have harmed anyone.

This is a witch hunt.

The debate about the Stasi is a colonialist attempt by the West to subjugate the East.

The civil rights activists are informers, are the real perpetrators.

The civil rights activist and writer Jürgen Fuchs in particular was accused of being a fanatical Grand Inquisitor.

An unbearable tone of anger and tearfulness, self-pity and aggressiveness spread.

The same tone can be heard today - after the failed coup attempt on January 6, 2021 - from Trump supporters.