Elisabeth Braw On The Stasi’s Cold War Espionage Campaign Inside The Church

God's Spies author Elisabeth Braw will speak on the espionage and mysteries of the Stasi, which infiltrated churches across Europe during the Cold War.

East Germany only existed for a short forty years but in that time the Stasi developed a highly successful ‘church department’, using persuasion rather than threats, that managed to recruit an extraordinary stable of clergy spies. Pastors, professors, seminary students and even bishops spied on colleagues, other Christians and anyone else they could report about to their handlers in the Stasi.

Thanks to its pastor spies, the Church Department (Department XX/4) knew exactly what was happening and being planned in the country’s predominantly Lutheran churches. In her lecture, Elisabeth will discuss the Stasi’s pervasive church espionage and how it failed in its mission to thwart the church-led protests that erupted in 1989 and brought down the Berlin Wall.

To find out more about the presentation, head to the RUSI website. Elisabeth Braw's latest book, God's Spies, will be available soon here.


RUSI Whitehall, Westminster, London SW1A 2ET