Dad. My hero!

Meanwhile at Stasi State Headquarters Dept. XX (responsible dept. for 'State Affairs, Culture, Churches, Underground’).

Apparently there were two reasons (formulated by the Stasi on 7-Sep 1985) not to negotiate my release with the West German Minister of Intra-German Relations:

1. My dad had worked for a state owned company (like most) but in a prestigious department (he was a trade show booth builder and was allowed to work at Western trade shows) and there was no way in hell that anyone would admit that their ‘role model organization’ was compromised in any way.

2. My brother served at the army as a deal to be entitled for scholarship and support for his young family (his wife expecting and both enrolled for uni).

Now, after all the trouble I had made during my imprisonment they felt forced to revisit my case in a move to avoid major disruption if they’d let me out in the East.

In this document the Stasi headquarters advises to not uphold the original reasons because my dad refused to denounce me.

As a result he was stripped of all rights and memberships and had left that state company to work for a private handicraft enterprise.

While it is perverse beyond reason to expect of my dad to denounce his own son and therefore assume to keep me locked in that country for the rest of my life, it is also ironic that the Stasi took that reverse decision and finally decided to negotiate ransom with the West German Minister of Intra-German Relations on the anniversary of the Uprising of 1953 in East Germany, 17-June.

Growing concern among Stasi

After the discussion with lieutenant Kulas on 29-May, the Stasi secret service started an exchange of new thoughts on my case.

Little I knew within my prison cell, they started to express concern about my “hostile-negative behavior”.


A lieutenant-colonel Fischer asked his higher-ups whether the original reasons to reject my release to West Germany still needed to be followed.


Apparently the Stasi had decided not to release me to the West because my dad used to work for an important state firm and my brother was in the army.

Obviously my expressed hatred of the regime and my plans to continue to reject it, including public action, did indeed concern them. 

It was certainly a change in dynamics that I knew nothing about while this discussion was kicked off amid Stasi ranks.

6 months in vain

The West German Minister of Intra-German Relations responded to another of my friend’s letters.

Meanwhile I grew desperate and suspicious whether they would just release me back into the country.

That fear had driven me to vividly and unmistakably express my firm will to leave this country no matter the cost.


This had bought me another stint in solitary confinement.

At the time of this writing I fell seriously ill.

The uncertainty drove me crazy.



The letter states:

“Unfortunately there has been no willingness on the part of the GDR.

However we remain committed with the same intensity to support Mr. Thieme’s case."

The minister knows

A former girl friend and her parents (who went through the Stasi prison system as well) supported me vividly without me knowing.

They were incarcerated by the Stasi as well when they got caught in the act of fleeing the state.

My ex girl friend was 17 years of age when they tossed her into the clink.


After 17 months jail time they got ransomed by the West German Minister of Intra-German Relations through the West German government’s program to free political prisoners in communist East Germany.

They turned to this minister for help.

Apparently he was already aware.



I never found out who pointed the West German government to my case after my imprisonment.

But I am surely grateful as hell for anyone who fought for me while I was locked away.

From this encounter the Minister of Intra-German Relations and my friends started an ongoing dialogue.


On top my friends engaged in discussions with the lawyers on the West German side to try to have me released for bail.

It remains unclear which of the measures by my friends and the lawyers finally supported my case best.

And it doesn’t really matter as every single action helped.


In this letter the West German Minister of Intra-German Relations states that they have known about my situation and are trying everything in their power to influence the East German government.

However, their evaluation of the situation looked grim as the East was not ready to move.

They close their letter with a strong notion of care and secrecy.