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God's Spies The Stasi's Cold War espionage campaign inside the Church Elisabeth Braw

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18th October 2019
356 pages: 234mm x 156mm

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When the Berlin Wall came down, the files of the East German secret police, the much-dreaded Stasi, were opened and read. And among the shocking stories revealed was that of the Stasi's infiltration of the Church. Almost 10% of the Lutheran Church's workforce were, it appears, busy involved in spying on each other, and on the Church's congregations. The Lutheran Church was the only semi-free space in East Germany, where those who rebelled against the regime could find a way of living at least a little out of the government's iron grip. Even the organisations that smuggled Bibles were infiltrated.
Elisabeth Braw worked as a journalist for Newsweek and other publications. She now works for a think tank and frequently writes op-eds for the Wall Street Journal, the Financial Times, and other prestigious publications. Growing up as the daughter of a Swedish pastor, she met one of the pastors featured in her new book, God's Spies. Her childhood experience and journalism reports on global espionage inspired her to find more pastor spies, and write God's Spies. Elisabeth was born and raised in Sweden, later lived in Germany and the US, and now splits her time between London and Washington, DC.

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