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  • Stasi The Untold Story of the East German Secret Police
  • John O. Koehler
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  • 02 February 2020
  • 9780813334097

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READ & DOWNLOAD Stasi The Untold Story of the East German Secret Police î PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB READ ñ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB Å John O. Koehler John O. Koehler Å 6 READ & DOWNLOAD Ties 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 AfricaKoehler was both Berlin bureau chief of the Associated Press during the height of the Cold War and a US Army Intelligence officer His insider's account is based on primary sources such as US intelligence files Stasi document. Reading this felt like chewing shoe leather tough and dry I uickly began skimming only the first and last sentences of each paragraph Endless facts no shape no forward motion no story

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READ & DOWNLOAD Stasi The Untold Story of the East German Secret Police î PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB READ ñ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB Å John O. Koehler John O. Koehler Å 6 READ & DOWNLOAD 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 activi. The East German Ministry for State Security Ministerium f r Staatssicherheit commonly refered to as the Stasi was unarguably one of the most powerful and repressive secret police to have ever existed not only in eastern Europe but the entire world To maintain order and submission behind the Iron Curtain every country of the Eastern Bloc had its own secret police such as the Polish S u ba Bezpiecze stwa the Sigurimi in Albania and the infamous Romanian Securitate based on and closely associated with the Soviet KGB dedicated to weeding out dissidents class enemies and other enemies of the state and strengthening the rule of the Communist Party The Stasi was officially considered to be the Schild und Schwert der Partei the shield and sword of the SED Sozialistische Einheitspartei Deutschlands the Socialist Unity Party of Germany which ruled East Germany for almost 50 years The Stasi infiltrated all aspects of East German society employing a network of agents which put to shame even the Nazi Gestapo The Gestapo employed one secret policeman for 2000 ordinary citizens in comparison one in 63 East Germans was a Stasi Agent The Stasi also employed an extensive network of secret informers Inoffizieller Mitarbeiter Informal Collaborators ordinary citizens who delivered information to the agency If such persons are included the statistics become horrifying Line up seven East Germans and one of them would either be a Stasi agent or inform for the Stasi East Germany the Deutsche Demokratische Republik The German Democratic Republic the DDRGDR was the definition of a police state where privacy was virtually nonexistent houses were bugged phones were tapped mail was intercepted citizens denounced one anotherPublished in 2000 just 10 years after German Reunification John Koehler s book is probably the first comprehensive history of the Stasi and its many operations inside the DDR in West Germany and further abroad Much of the early part of the book is a biography of Erich Mielke the man who led the Stasi from 1957 until its demise and who developed it into the all pervasive element of East German society Mielke was one of the two members of Communist Party of Germany who assassinated German police captains in 1931 he escaped to Moscow where he rubbed elbows with top Soviet officials and was in awe of Felix Dzerzhinsky founder of the Cheka the infamous Soviet secret police which was instrumental in carrying out the Red Terror of 1918 Mielke later called himself and other Stasi officers Chekists of the DDR and the elite armed regiment of the Stasi was named after Dzerzhinsky To the end of the DDR Mielke continued to maintain close ties with the KGB KGB officers were stationed in Stasi bureaus across East Germany with Mielke formally giving them the same legal rights and powers that they had in the Soviet Union The Stasi did not only thoroughly monitor East German society its foreign intelligence branch the HVA from Hauptverwaltung Aufkl rung Main Directorate for Reconnaissance was considered to be the most effective intelligence service in the Cold War Koehler chronicles many of the cases involving Stasi espionage against West Germany the US and NATO All branches of West German government have been thoroughly infiltrated by Stasi agents both East and West German Gunter Guillaume a close aide to the West German chancellor Willy Brandt was a HVA agent whose exposure created a massive scandal which eventually led to Brandt s resignation from office Despite losing their top agent the agency continued to have access to top tier of West German government later a Stasi mole would prepare top secret intelligence reports for chancellor Helmut Kohl Every West German political party and the entire governmental structure of the country was thoroughly infiltrated by the HVA from the lowest branches to the top echelons of power The HVA also actively supported and funded terrorism in the Middle East Africa and Latin America even when the DDR was teetering on the brink of economic collapse Erich Mielke s agency continued to dedicate significant funding and manpower to training and support of terroristsKoehler s book is full of information about the many operations of the Stasi but there is one thing that it desperately lacks a clear narrative structure He divides the book thematically into sections the life of Erich Mielke the relationship between the Stasi and the KGB the Stasi involvement in the third world the Stasi support of terrorism etc but these sections do not have a chronological progression the result is often jumbled and confusing making for a very dry factual reading which is limited entirely to the Stasi there is basically no information regarding other aspects of life in the DDR Even though the book is about an organization which maintained a police state it does not touch about the police state itself It does not cover how Stasi surveillance impacted ordinary East Germans Koehler presents only a few selected cases of East German dissidents persecuted by the state and the outline of a surveillance state that it created but the chapter devoted to it could have been expanded and developed which would greatly benefit the bookI counted one factual error at one point Koehler mentions a group of former Nazis developing an organization called ODESSA which was a network of ratlines allowing high ranked Nazi officials to escape to Latin America and other locations where they could avoid persecution ODESSA is a popular theme in spy movies and novels such as Frederick Forsyth s The Odessa File but always was a subject of dispute among historians who now agree that it did not actually exist In his book Koehler mentions ODESSA in just one sentence but as a real organizationTo sum up this is a good book about the Stasi if you are looking for extensive factual detail on its many operations marred by jumbled structure and a lack of narrative drive This is why I think it would be best read together with Anna Funder s Stasiland Stories from Behind the Berlin Wall which collects the stories of East Germans both working for and persecuted by the Stasi and presents a valuable insight into daily life in the world s best run surveillance state thankfully now extinct Nguồn gốc người Việt – người Mường unarguably one of the most powerful and repressive secret police to have ever existed not only in eastern Europe but the entire world To maintain order and submission behind the Iron Curtain every country of the Eastern Bloc had its own secret police such as the Polish S Miniature Chess Problems from Many Countries u ba Bezpiecze stwa the Sigurimi in Albania and the infamous Romanian Securitate based on and closely associated with the Soviet KGB dedicated to weeding out dissidents class enemies and other enemies of the state and strengthening the rule of the Communist Party The Stasi was officially considered to be the Schild Underneath Our Broken Wings und Schwert der Partei the shield and sword of the SED Sozialistische Einheitspartei Deutschlands the Socialist Unity Party of Germany which ruled East Germany for almost 50 years The Stasi infiltrated all aspects of East German society employing a network of agents which put to shame even the Nazi Gestapo The Gestapo employed one secret policeman for 2000 ordinary citizens in comparison one in 63 East Germans was a Stasi Agent The Stasi also employed an extensive network of secret informers Inoffizieller Mitarbeiter Informal Collaborators ordinary citizens who delivered information to the agency If such persons are included the statistics become horrifying Line The Undefeated until its demise and who developed it into the all pervasive element of East German society Mielke was one of the two members of Communist Party of Germany who assassinated German police captains in 1931 he escaped to Moscow where he rubbed elbows with top Soviet officials and was in awe of Felix Dzerzhinsky founder of the Cheka the infamous Soviet secret police which was instrumental in carrying out the Red Terror of 1918 Mielke later called himself and other Stasi officers Chekists of the DDR and the elite armed regiment of the Stasi was named after Dzerzhinsky To the end of the DDR Mielke continued to maintain close ties with the KGB KGB officers were stationed in Stasi bureaus across East Germany with Mielke formally giving them the same legal rights and powers that they had in the Soviet Union The Stasi did not only thoroughly monitor East German society its foreign intelligence branch the HVA from Hauptverwaltung Aufkl rung Main Directorate for Reconnaissance was considered to be the most effective intelligence service in the Cold War Koehler chronicles many of the cases involving Stasi espionage against West Germany the US and NATO All branches of West German government have been thoroughly infiltrated by Stasi agents both East and West German Gunter Guillaume a close aide to the West German chancellor Willy Brandt was a HVA agent whose exposure created a massive scandal which eventually led to Brandt s resignation from office Despite losing their top agent the agency continued to have access to top tier of West German government later a Stasi mole would prepare top secret intelligence reports for chancellor Helmut Kohl Every West German political party and the entire governmental structure of the country was thoroughly infiltrated by the HVA from the lowest branches to the top echelons of power The HVA also actively supported and funded terrorism in the Middle East Africa and Latin America even when the DDR was teetering on the brink of economic collapse Erich Mielke s agency continued to dedicate significant funding and manpower to training and support of terroristsKoehler s book is full of information about the many operations of the Stasi but there is one thing that it desperately lacks a clear narrative structure He divides the book thematically into sections the life of Erich Mielke the relationship between the Stasi and the KGB the Stasi involvement in the third world the Stasi support of terrorism etc but these sections do not have a chronological progression the result is often jumbled and confusing making for a very dry factual reading which is limited entirely to the Stasi there is basically no information regarding other aspects of life in the DDR Even though the book is about an organization which maintained a police state it does not touch about the police state itself It does not cover how Stasi surveillance impacted ordinary East Germans Koehler presents only a few selected cases of East German dissidents persecuted by the state and the outline of a surveillance state that it created but the chapter devoted to it could have been expanded and developed which would greatly benefit the bookI counted one factual error at one point Koehler mentions a group of former Nazis developing an organization called ODESSA which was a network of ratlines allowing high ranked Nazi officials to escape to Latin America and other locations where they could avoid persecution ODESSA is a popular theme in spy movies and novels such as Frederick Forsyth s The Odessa File but always was a subject of dispute among historians who now agree that it did not actually exist In his book Koehler mentions ODESSA in just one sentence but as a real organizationTo sum Po Wieku Teatru Wybrzeze up this is a good book about the Stasi if you are looking for extensive factual detail on its many operations marred by jumbled structure and a lack of narrative drive This is why I think it would be best read together with Anna Funder s Stasiland Stories from Behind the Berlin Wall which collects the stories of East Germans both working for and persecuted by the Stasi and presents a valuable insight into daily life in the world s best run surveillance state thankfully now extinct

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READ & DOWNLOAD Stasi The Untold Story of the East German Secret Police î PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB READ ñ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB Å John O. Koehler John O. Koehler Å 6 READ & DOWNLOAD S 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. Very interesting in depth history of one of the world s most feared Secret Police organisations East Germany during the Cold War a story of absolute control over citizens Ruling by fear and isolationUltimately the Stasi where driven by Paranoia so much so they even feared their ownJohn O Koehler has written a fascinating book about how the Ministerium f r Staatssicherheit MfS or better known by us in the West as the Stasi came to exist and tells an unnerving story of what the Stasi didMy father was in the British Army and he was posted to Paderborn in West Germany between 1978 1989 We didn t often travel to East Germany DDRGDR as it was officially called Checkpoints at borders between areas towns or at points on roads were abundant as soon as you crossed in to East Berlin Paperstravel documents were reuested by guards who swept through trains often unannounced Oft when you think of Secret Police you think Russian KGB as the largest and most feared in Eastern Bloc But when you look at the number of people involved in Stasi control they dwarfed even themThe Communist East German authorities feared most the Exodus of skilled people to the Western world Which caused them to create draconian measures to keep people from leaving like the Berlin Wall arrests disappearances and Murder where commonFor me living in the West and arguably the frontline of Cold War Europe crossing in to the DDR was like crossing not just into a different country but into a much earlier era East Berlin dilapidated and in places still exhibiting bomb damaged buildings up to 1950 60 concrete Soviet style architecture then look back and see industries Mercedes logos clean fast modern services You d be forgiven for thinking this was a long forgotten time where in reality 2020 marks 30 years of German reunificationBetween the pages of John O Koehler Stasi The Untold History Of The East German Secret Police he has captured the time perfectly writing an absorbing and often chilling account of what life was like living under Stasi controlIt s worth noting that while this book does touch on day to day lives of its people the book is mostly focussed on the internal working of the Stasi Espionage and Counterintelligence If you are interested in what daily life was like under Stasi control may I recommend Stasiland by Anna Funder Po Wieku Teatru Wybrzeze understanding of this still largely 404 - Documento non trovato unwritten aspect of the history of the Cold War and modern Germany. 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