We know the cooperation will continue, just as during the formation of the organs after 1949 when they were set up by order of the Political Bureau of the CPSU 1 and Walter Ulbricht.
Erich Mielke 2
The beginning of the Cold War soon after the conclusion of World War II, as well as the gradual separation of the Soviet occupation zone from the three Western zones, brought about a continual extension of security-related and political tasks the Soviet Union was unwilling or unable to perform by itself. Although regulations had been issued by the Allied Control Council after the defeat of Germany, according to which German police forces were to confine their activities to the protection of the population and the maintenance of law and order, Soviet authorities soon took steps aimed at setting up a secret police. The Control Council’s Act No. 31 prohibited a political police force in all occupation zones, and the occupation authorities themselves were to assume responsibility for state security and both internal and external defence. However, by officially ordering the Germans to assist in executing the Control Council’s edicts, the Allies implicitly assigned tasks to them normally carried out by a secret police.
From the very beginning, the police apparatus established in the Soviet occupation zone exhibited characteristic features of a secret police force. The police units in charge of denazification, which