Ministry for State Security of the GDR and Politicisation of Medicine

Abstract

In the GDR, women from the age of 12 onwards have been committed to closed venerology
wards. The involuntarily committed had not been informed about the medical treatment on
the wards; it was performed without their consent – impinging on their physical integrity.
The closed venerology wards have been controlled by the Ministry of State Security. Unofficial
employee reported to the Ministry on the medical personnel and on the patients on the
wards. Due to this information the Ministry of State Security knew at all times, what was
taking place within the closed venerology ward in Halle (Saale) and who was being compulsory
admitted to this ward. The Ministry of State Security diversely used this information.
Physicians were simultaneously involved as unofficial employees in operational processes
against individual patients.

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