Thirty years ago today, a new law paved the way for former citizens of communist East Germany to access Stasi archives and find out to what extent their lives had been spied on by the feared secret state police.

The Bundestag approved the legislation less than a year after the reunification of Germany thanks to the activism of people like Joachim Jauck, who would later become the country’s president. The Stasi archives were officially made available to the public on 2 January 1992.  EFE