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Once a Stasi, always a Stasi? If the East German state had you in its grip, you would never escape - at least that's what they say. The biggest enemy in the whole country is and remains the informer. The writer Paul Gratzik, who rose from humble beginnings in the 1970s to become a celebrated representative of the GDR literary scene, always had this saying of his mother in his ear. Nevertheless, he was an unofficial collaborator of the GDR State Security Service for 20 years, writing reports about friends and supporters such as Heiner Müller, Steffie Spira and Ernstgeorg Hering. In the early 1980s, Gratzik got out, exposed himself and became an object of Stasi observation.