Informants for the police by necessity are in positions that you would least suspect. E.g., this East German Stasi that took on the protective coloring of West German police, 42 years ago.
On June 2, 1967, a West German policeman fatally shot an unarmed, 26-year-old literature student in the back of his head during a demonstration in West Berlin against the visiting Shah of Iran. Benno Ohnesorg became “the left wing’s first martyr” (per the weekly Der Spiegel). His dying moments captured in a famous news photograph, Ohnesorg galvanized a generation of left-wing students and activists who rose up in the iconic year of 1968. What was a fringe soon turned to terrorism.
To them his killer, Karl-Heinz Kurras, was the “fascist cop” at the service of a capitalist, pro-American “latent fascist state.” “The post-fascist system has become a pre-fascist one,” the German Socialist Student Union declared in their indictment hours after the killing. The ensuing movement drew its legitimacy and fervor from the Ohnesorg killing. Further enraging righteous passions, Mr. Kurras was acquitted by a court and returned to the police force.
Now all that’s being turned on its head. Last week, a pair of German historians unearthed the truth about Mr. Kurras. Since 1955, he had worked for the Stasi, East Germany’s dreaded secret police.
Kurras the Stasi is still unrepentant, as the editorial mentions.
It reminds me of Bill Ayers, the Weather Underground bomber who never got jailed. Why was that? Bad police work or was he protected by the FBI?
Was Bill Ayers an Americanized version of Kurras the Stasi?
Was Ayers an FBI man?