Did IKEA Once Use East German Political Prisoners to Make Its Sofas?Cassie Murdoch5/01/12 11:15pmFiled to: IkeaShoppingFurniturepoliticalPrisonerEast GermanystasiPrisonManufacturingtweet60EditPromoteShare to KinjaToggle Conversation toolsGo to permalinkThe thought of IKEA brings up complex emotions in many of us. On the one hand, their furniture is affordable and reasonably attractive, and always seems to fit that spot where you need a shelf. On the other hand, wandering aimlessly through their giant stores is a special kind of retail hell, their furniture tends to fall apart too fast, and, oh, they've been accused of doing strange and devious things like spying on their employees. Well, now comes another dark truth about the makers of the beloved Billy bookcase. A documentary for Swedish public television is charging that, back in the time before the Berlin Wall fell, IKEA used East German political prisoners to manufacture some of its furniture.