God’s Spies

The Stasi's Cold War espionage campaign inside the Church


ISBN: 9780745980102 Categories: ,

ISBN: 9780745980102

Publication date: October 18, 2019

Format: Hardback

Extent: 336 pages

Dimensions: 234mm(length) 156mm(width)

Imprint: Lion Books


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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.

Meet the author: Elisabeth Braw

Elisabeth Braw is a former journalist and leader of RUSI, Royal United Services Institute for Defence and Security Studies, the oldest defence and security think tank in the world. She regularly writes op-eds for The Wall Street Journal, The Financial Times, The Times, and other prestigious newspaper publications. She is the author of God's Spies.

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