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11 Aug 2007
A new document has surfaced showing that East German border guards were ordered to shoot women and children trying to flee to West Germany during the height of the Cold War, officials said Saturday. The seven-page order was found by archivists sifting through files of the East German Ministry of State Security or Stasi in the eastern city of Magdeburg, said Andreas Schulze, a spokesman for the office that administers the files.
"The order sanctioned the ruthless use of firearms on the border without prior warning - even against women and children,"
"Don't hesitate to make use of your weapons, even if women and children are used by the traitors in their attempt to breach the border," according to a section of the document published in the Magdeburger Volkszeitung.