"The Stasi had developed a quasi-scientific method, 'smell samping', as a way to find criminals."

The Stasi Museum, Leipzig in February 2002. The banner is protesting against the restriction of public access to Stasi files: 'Closing the files is a betrayal of the Peaceful Revolution'
Creative Commons Attribution Share AlikeThe Stasi Museum, Leipzig in February 2002. The banner is protesting against the restriction of public access to Stasi files: 'Closing the files is a betrayal of the Peaceful Revolution' - Credit: Corradox
This interview from 2007 with Tobias Hollitzer, head of the Stasi Museum in Leipzig, explores the Stasi's collection of smell samples, as well as Hollitzer's opinion of using such methods in current law enforcement. The article includes photographs of the samples, captured on yellow dusters and stored in individual glass jars, and now on display in the museum.