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Police used umbrellas and prayer books to spy

Matthew Day in Warsaw

Published 18/10/2011 | 05:00

POLAND'S communist-era secret police used cameras hidden in prayer books and umbrellas, and microphones in vacuum flasks and logs of wood to spy on its people.

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Poland's internal secret service, the SB, had the latest photographic and recording equipment to monitor the country's extensive anti-communist movements.

Listening devices were also hidden in shoe heels and pens.

The equipment is revealed in 'The Spying Arsenal of the Secret Police', a new book published by the Institute of National Memorial, Poland's body for investigating communist-era crimes.

In the 1960s, one SB officer was given maternity clothes and a cushion and told to pose as a pregnant woman. Other agents pretended to be women working at markets. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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