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God's spies : the Stasi's Cold War espionage campaign inside the church

Author: Elisabeth Braw
Publisher: Grand Rapids : William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 2019.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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This book tells the real-life cloak-and-dagger story of how East Germany's notorious spy agency infiltrated churches here and abroad. East Germany only existed for a short forty years, but in that time, the country's secret police, the Stasi, developed a highly successful "church department" that -- using persuasion rather than threats -- managed to recruit an extraordinary stable of clergy spies. Pastors,  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Church history
History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Elisabeth Braw
ISBN: 9780802875259 0802875254
OCLC Number: 1078890614
Description: xxiv, 277 pages ; 23 cm
Contents: Establishing a Secret Police Force --
Agents and handlers --
Reining In the seminaries --
Recruitment --
Preventing escape --
High-maintenance spy --
Infiltration --
Student spy --
Tapping ecumenical bodies --
Stopping the Bible mules --
Further adventures in Bible smuggling --
Perks --
Seminary spy --
Expanding connections --
A frustrated spy --
Pastor spies abroad --
Opposition rises --
Game over --
The wall falls --
Shredding and pulping and shuttering the Stasi --
God's spies . . . after the fall --
Final reflections.
Other Titles: Stasi's Cold War espionage campaign inside the church
Responsibility: Elisabeth Braw.

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This book tells the real-life cloak-and-dagger story of how East Germany's notorious spy agency infiltrated churches here and abroad. East Germany only existed for a short forty years, but in that time, the country's secret police, the Stasi, developed a highly successful "church department" that -- using persuasion rather than threats -- 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 (official name: Department XX/4) knew exactly what was happening and being planned in the country's predominantly Lutheran churches. Yet ultimately it failed in its mission. Despite knowing virtually everything about East German Christians, the Stasi couldn't prevent the church-led protests that erupted in 1989 and brought down the Berlin Wall. - Publisher.

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