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The Stasi : the East German Intelligence and Security Service

Author: David Childs; Richard J Popplewell
Publisher: New York : New York University Press, 1996.
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The Stasi, the first English-language account of the East German secret police, tells the story of the Stasi from its origins in the dreaded Cheka, the notorious Russian secret police, to its abolition in 1989. Based on years of personal experience with the Stasi, interviews with members of the German parliament, and street interviews conducted in several East German towns, David Childs and Richard Popplewell  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: David Childs; Richard J Popplewell
ISBN: 0814715516 9780814715512
OCLC Number: 35229265
Description: xiii, 253 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Contents: The Changing Names of the Soviet Domestic and Foreign Intelligence Agency --
Introduction --
1. German Communism, the Comintern and Secret Intelligence, 1918-43 --
2. The Origins and Development of East German State Security: The Ulbricht Years, 1945-71 --
3. The MfS, the SED and the East German State --
4. The MfS as an Internal Security Organ --
6. HVA Operations Against West Germany --
7. From Triumph to Catastrophe: The Stasi Under Mielke and Honecker, 1971-89 --
8. The Aftermath.
Responsibility: David Childs and Richard Popplewell.
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The Stasi, the first English-language account of the East German secret police, tells the story of the Stasi from its origins in the dreaded Cheka, the notorious Russian secret police, to its abolition in 1989. Based on years of personal experience with the Stasi, interviews with members of the German parliament, and street interviews conducted in several East German towns, David Childs and Richard Popplewell uncover a fascinating yet horrifying story of unbridled power, misguided idealism, treachery, widespread opportunism, and the occasionally courageous dissenter.

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