Written by: Kristie Macrakis
The Stasi had a way about them. They loved their toys. As Macrakis argues, this obsession was part of their own undoing — rather than performing their duties as an intelligence agency, they focused on hoarding secrets and spy-gear.
Too bad they don’t conceal the harmful effects of smoking!
During the Cold War a lot of spy paraphernalia was related to smoking. When I visited Mr. Regenhardt at the Criminal Evidence Collection, he handed me this ashtray and told me to open it. I twisted and turned and nothing happened. Feeling foolish I handed it back to him and, like a wizard, he took out a pin and pricked a hole and the ashtray popped open to reveal this next image:
…the open ashtray with a Minox camera inside.
Come back next Monday for more Stasi gizmos, assuming my computer isn’t wiped clean by rogue agents.