Photo. Visitors at the opening of the exhibition, 'Drawings by Refugee Children,' August 29, 1953
&copy Landesarchiv Berlin - Willy Kiel

Station VII: Intermediate Examination B

Intermediate Examination A was followed by Intermediate Examination B. Unbeknownst to the refugee, at this stage three government agencies were involved: the Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution (B1), the German Unification Ministry (B2) and the Federal Intelligence Service (B3). The Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution and the Federal Intelligence Service asked about political and job-related activities in East Germany. Just like the Allied intelligence services before them, these agencies were looking to filter out of the stream of refugees persons with valuable information, as well as agents.

The German agency charged with inner-German questions, on other hand, sought to collect structural information about East German society.

Next station: Appointment Office