Erich Mielke was the Minister for State Security, and one of the most influential figures in making East Germany the rigorous police state that it was. Mielke ran the Stasi surveillance force, and was responsible for ordering the surveillance of tens of thousands of German citizens, to the point where Stasi employees numbered almost 100,000. After the fall of the Berlin Wall, Mielke was tried and sentenced to jail time. Nevertheless, the impact of his policies as Minister for State Security continues to be felt in 21st-century Germany. In particular, most of the files containing sensitive information about the citizens Mielke surveilled still exist.
Erich Mielke Character Timeline in Stasiland
The timeline below shows where the character Erich Mielke appears in Stasiland. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 6: Stasi HQ
...ran East Germany for nearly two decades. Honecker was the “face” of East Berlin, and Mielke was in charge of surveillance. Honecker had also attended the Soviet training school, and worked... (full context)
...Thousand Eyes”—in early 1990. By that time, Funder recalls from her own research, Honecker and Mielke were old men, yet still in excellent health. They spent most of their lives convinced... (full context)
Chapter 7: The Smell of Old Men
Chapter 17: Drawing the Line
...Heinz had been a mayoral candidate and was now cooperating with the Communist regime, however, Mielke arranged for Koch to become a technical draftsman instead of risking his life. Koch fell... (full context)
Chapter 26: The Wall
...days later, Funder learns that there’s been a request for the Stasi surveillance file on Mielke himself. It occurs to Funder that “Mielke must think the apparatus he created was so... (full context)
...persecuted in East Germany. Some people have been harassing her lately—presumably, ex-Stasi agents. Shortly afterwards, Mielke dies at the age of 92—headlines read, “Most hated man now dead.” Shortly afterwards, in... (full context)