Foreign News: Achtung! Spitzel!

After twelve years of Hitler's Gestapo and four years of Stalin's MVD, the long-suffering people of Germany's Soviet zone were getting help against the Spitzels (informers). "Achtung, Potsdam!" boomed RIAS, U.S. Military Government's radio station in Berlin. "We warn against Knehl, of the Ministry of Interior, we warn against . . ." Twice a week, the station puts on a regular program identifying Communist spies. To grateful East zone Germans, the broadcasts meant that the U.S. cared enough to help them. Within two weeks, 200 people had risked writing RIAS to say thanks.


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