Police used umbrellas and prayer books to spy
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.
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)