Stasi: The Untold Story of the East German Secret Police by John O KoehlerStasi: The Untold Story of the East German Secret Police by John O Koehler

Stasi: The Untold Story of the East German Secret Police

byJohn O Koehler

Paperback | February 15, 2000

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In this gripping narrative, John Koehler details the widespread activities of East Germany's Ministry for State Security, or “Stasi.” The Stasi, which infiltrated every walk of East German life, suppressed political opposition, and caused the imprisonment of hundreds of thousands of citizens, proved to be one of the most powerful secret police and espionage services in the world. Koehler methodically reviews the Stasi's activities within East Germany and overseas, including its programs for internal repression, international espionage, terrorism and terrorist training, art theft, and special operations in Latin America and Africa.Koehler was both Berlin bureau chief of the Associated Press during the height of the Cold War and a U.S. Army Intelligence officer. His insider's account is based on primary sources, such as U.S. intelligence files, Stasi documents made available only to the author, and extensive interviews with victims of political oppression, former Stasi officers, and West German government officials. Drawing from these sources, Koehler recounts tales that rival the most outlandish Hollywood spy thriller and, at the same time, offers the definitive contribution to our understanding of this still largely unwritten aspect of the history of the Cold War and modern Germany.
John O. Koehler served as foreign correspondent for the Associated Press for 28 years, including stints as chief for both the Berlin and Bonn Bureaus. He also served as Assistant to the President and Director of Communications under Ronald Reagan.
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Title:Stasi: The Untold Story of the East German Secret PoliceFormat:PaperbackDimensions:478 pages, 9 × 6 × 1.12 inPublished:February 15, 2000Publisher:Basic BooksLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0813337445

ISBN - 13:9780813337449

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Before the Berlin Wall was demolished, East Germans lived under the constant threat of arrest and persecution - and secret police (or Stasi) were always on the lookout for hints of sedition. At long last, their story can be frankly told in Stasi, a record of East Germany's terrifying and effective secret police forces. Covering their internal activities as well as their role in international espionage and terrorism, this book by John O. Koehler is a chilling exposé that you will not soon forget.