"And, deep inside this citadel was the office of Erich Mielke, the Minister for State Security."

Erich Fritz Emil Mielke (1907–2000) was Minister for State Security from 1957 to 1989. Forced to flee Germany after the murder of two anti-communist police officers in 1931, he was exiled in Moscow, along with other German communists. Despite his consistent and dedicated involvement with the Stasi, it was only for these two murders that Mielke was eventually convicted in 1993.

Of the six year sentence, he served only two due to poor health, and died aged 92 in a Berlin nursing home.

For further information and sources on Erich Mielke's life, see Anna Funder's endnote on page 283.