Manuscripts/Mixed Material Interview with Gunther K. Rosinus
Q: What years were these?
ROSINUS: This was 1981 to 1984. That was, for example, the time when the great Solidarity problems began in neighboring Poland. It was the time when in East Berlin itself and East Germany itself a visible opposition appeared to the regime among the young people and the clergy.
USIS Assisted East German Young People and Clergy (Who Were Dissidents) by Providing Information About U.S.
That was the second part of our operation, to help in overt ways through our libraries, through our information programs, through providing them with information as best we could, to provide the clergy and the church people and the dissident young people who had organized under the umbrella of the church with as much information, again, as we could about the United States.
Q: Did you find that there were any efforts on the part of the East German government to interfere with the access to your libraries and to your. ...
ROSINUS: Oh, yes, sure, definitely. They blocked our libraries pretty effectively for quite some time.
Q: To your knowledge did any of the students or young people who were involved in their contacts with you and the clergy run into trouble with the East German government by virtue of that fact?