Katarina is a 49 year old former East German figure skater that took the world by storm in the 80s. She was born in 1965 and came to the attention of the famed East German sporting machine about the time she turned seven. Her dossier with the German Secret police begins with an entry when she turned eight and eventually consumed 27 boxes holding over 3000 documents. The extent to which they spied on her was only revealed once the Berlin Wall fell. In published response to a query about one item that appeared in the file about a supposed romantic rendezvous with an American in a hotel room which noted “Sexual intercourse took place from to ”, Katarina notoriously responded “Seven minutes! It can’t have amounted to much”, before denying that anything sexual had happened.
In the Yalta and Potsdam conferences, the Allies established their joint military occupation and administration of Germany via the Allied Control Council (ACC), a four-power (US, UK, USSR, France) military government effective until the restoration of German sovereignty. In eastern Germany, the Soviet Occupation Zone (SBZ – Sowjetische Besatzungszone ) comprised the five states ( Länder ) of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern , Brandenburg , Saxony , Saxony-Anhalt , and Thuringia . Disagreements over the policies to be followed in the occupied zones quickly led to a breakdown in cooperation between the four powers, and the Soviets administered their zone without regard to the policies implemented in the other zones. The Soviets withdrew from the ACC in 1948; subsequently as the other three zones were increasingly unified and granted self-government, the Soviet administration instituted a separate socialist government in its zone.