Secret police facts for kids
A secret police force is an agency most often used in dictatorships to scare people living under a dictatorship into agreeing with the dictator's policies. Not all dictatorships, however, use a secret police force. Fidel Castro's Cuba and Mao Zedong's China were able to maintain a dictatorship without using secret police.
Historical secret police agencies
|Secret police agency||Nation||Existed from||State leader|
|Cheka / OGPU / NKVD||U.S.S.R.||1917–1946||Joseph Stalin|
|Gestapo||Third Reich||1933–1945||Adolf Hitler|
|Stasi||East Germany (DDR)||1950–1990||Walter Ulbricht / Erich Honecker (1971–89)|
|DINA / CNI||Chile||1973–1990||Augusto Pinochet|
|State Security Department||North Korea||1948–present||Kim dynasty (North Korea)|
Images for kids
An automated Stasi machine used to re-glue envelopes after mail had been opened for examination.
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