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

ISBN:
9780745980089
Published:
18th October 2019
Format:
Paperback
Dimensions:
336 pages: 198mm x 130mm

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"By recruiting members of the Church, from clergymen to seminary students, the Stasi hoped to learn more about members of the public and their plans. However, it was from within this same Church that protests in 1989 rose up, leading to the felling of the Berlin Wall and an end to a dark chapter of German and European history." Read the rest of the blog here.

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, a former journalist, leads a think-tank programme and regularly writes op-eds for The Wall Street Journal, The Financial Times, The Times (of London), and other publications. She visited East Germany before and after the fall of the Berlin Wall, eventually attending university there.

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