Generally

P - Z

Peterson, Edward N. The Secret Police and the Revolution: The Fall of the German Democratic Republic. Westport, CT: Praeger, 2002.

Peake, Studies 47.4 (2003), notes that the author "focuses on the domestic role" of the Ministry of State Security (MfS, or Stasi), "though he briefly mentions its foreign espionage element, the Hauptverwaltung Aufklärung (HVA)." Much of the book "addresses the Stasi's role in monitoring East German citizens from 1980 until reunification. The emphasis is on the big picture as opposed to case studies of particular operations." Peterson's is a "thoroughly documented account."

Pickard, Ralph.

1. Stasi Decorations and Memorabilia: A Collector's Guide. Lorton, VA: Frontline Historical Publishing, 2007.

Peake, Studies 52.3 (Sep. 2008) and Intelligencer 16.2 (Fall 2008), says this "impressive reference work" provides "a short historical overview of the Stasi organization" and "contains high quality color photographs of most of the medals, awards, and commemorative coins ... issued by the Stasi."

2. Stasi Decorations and Memorabilia: Volume II. Lorton, VA: Frontline Historical Publishing, 2012.

Peake, Studies 56.3 (Sep. 2012), comments that "[f]or those concerned with Stasi history and culture, the Stasi Decorations and Memorabilia volumes are invaluable."

Pincus, Walter. "Cold War Footnote: CIA Obtained East Germany's Foreign Spy Files." Washington Post, 22 Nov. 1998, A2. "CIA to Germany: What Spy Files?" Washington Post National Weekly Edition, 30 Nov. 1998, 17.

"[T]he complete original files from East Germany's foreign spy operations, including the true identities of its thousands of agents,... are in the possession" of the CIA "and are stored at the agency's Langley headquarters.... Sources ... said the files were obtained after the fall of East Germany's communist government. They had been removed from Stasi offices in Berlin well before the Berlin Wall fell by members of the East German clandestine service....

"[R]ecords from the files were used in the espionage trial in Virginia of Theresa Marie Squillacote and Kurt Alan Stand.... In an affidavit, FBI special agent Katharine G. Alleman said she had 'inspected copies of certain HVA file records and I have been provided information concerning other HVA file records,' without noting where or from whom she obtained the records.... As one former intelligence official aware of the operation ['Operation Rosewood'] said recently, 'When the complete history of the closing days of the Cold War is written, this will be one of CIA's greatest triumphs.'"

Click for other materials concerning the Stasi files.

Popplewell, Richard J. "The KGB and the Control of the Soviet Bloc: The Case of East Germany." Intelligence and National Security 13, no. 1 (Spring 1998): 254-285.

Abstract: "The Soviet Union's spying on its 'friends' took various forms. First, the ordinary population was watched by its own security services. Second, the security services spied on the rank and file of the local communist parties.... Third, at times the leadership of the satellite communist parties also came under the close scrutiny both of the KGB and its local auxilieries."

Richter, Walter. Der Militärische Nachrichtendienst der Nationalen Volksarmee der DDR und seine Kontrolle durch das Ministerium für Staatssicherheit: Die Geschichte eines Geheimdienstes. [The Military Intelligence Service of the National People's Army and Its Control by the Ministry for State Security: The History of a Secret Service] 2d ed. Frankfurt am Main, Peter Lang, 2004.

Kahn, IN&S 23.2 (Apr. 2008), notes that this work is based "on the many documents that have survived from the military intelligence service and the Stasi ministry."

Sarotte, M.E. "Spying Not Only on Strangers: Documenting Stasi Involvement in Cold War German-German Negotiations." Intelligence andNational Security 11, no. 4 (Oct. 1996): 765-779.

Schmeidel, John C.

1. "My Enemy's Enemy: Twenty Years of Co-operation between West Germany's Red Army Faction and the GDR Ministry for State Security." Intelligence and National Security 8, no. 4 (Oct. 1993): 59-72.

2. Stasi: Shield and Sword of the Party. New York: Routledge, 2008.

Peake, Studies 52.2 (Jun. 2008) and Intelligencer 16.1 (Spring 2008), calls this "a thorough, though not definitive, and generally well-sourced treatment of the MfS." For Glees, I&NS 27.1 (Feb. 2012), this "engaging and clear study ... contains some irritating but obvious typos.... More worrying is a tendency to fail to source several major factual assertions made in the text."

Schroeder, Klaus. Der SED-Staat: Partei, Staat und Gesellschaft, 1949-1990. Munich: Econ-Ullstein-List-Verlag, 1998.

Krieger, I&NS 19.1/196/fn.5, calls this "an excellent new overview of GDR history."

Searle, Alaric. "'Vopo'-General Vincenz Müller and Western Intelligence, 1948-54: CIC, the Gehlen Organization and Two Cold War Operations." Intelligence and National Security 17, no. 2 (Summer 2002): 27-50.

Former Wehrmacht Generalleutnant Vincenz Müller returned to the Eastern Zone of Germany from Russia in September 1948 and began "a remarkable career as both soldier and politician." This article looks at two unsuccessful efforts -- one by the U.S. Army's CIC and the other by the Gehlen organization -- to encourage Müller to defect to the West.

Sorenson, Anne. Stasi og den vesttyske terrorisme [STASI and West German Terrorism]. Aarhus, Denmark: Aarhus Universitetsforlag, 2006.

According to Hansen, IJI&C 21.1 (Spring 2008), this work is "based largely on source material from the BStU" and provides "a comprehensive description of the relationship between West German terrorist groups and the GDR's" STASI. The reviewer believes that the book, available only in Danish, is a "very important historical work [that] goes far beyond its original Danish audience."

Thomas, Merrilyn. Communing with the Enemy: Covert Operations, Christianity and Cold War Politics in Britain and the GDR. Oxford and Bern: Peter Lang, 2005.

According to Berger, I&NS 22.4 (Aug. 2007), the centerpiece of this work is the stay in Dresden in 1965 by a group of young Christians from Britain. However, the work tells a "complex and fascinating story about Cold War politics and the role of the British and German churches in it." Along the way, the author sheds "much light on the way in which a young GDR operated in a world which it perceived as predominantly hostile."

Unverhau, Dagmar, ed. State Security and Mapping in the German Democratic Republic: Map Falsification as a Consequence of Excessive Secrecy? Berlin: Lit Verlag, 2006.

Krieger, JIH 6.2 (Winter 2006-2007), notes that in October 1965 the GDR's National Defence Council "passed a ruling which specified how publicly distributed maps had to be modified in order to meet the concerns not only of GDR security agencies but equally of the Soviet Union.... The authors amply illustrate how military installations were diminished in size or made to look like farm buildings. Railway lines were deleted, electrical power lines made to vanish..... The 1965 order also banned grid coordinates which made it possible to move road intersections or even villages by several kilometres."

Vermaat, J.A. Emerson. "The East German Secret Service Structure and Operational Focus." Conflict Quarterly 7, no. 3 (Fall 1987): 44-57. [Calder]

Wagner, Helmut. Schöne Grüsse aus Pullach: Operationen des BND gegen die DDR. Berlin: edition ost/Das Neue Berlin, 2001.

According to Maddrell, I&NS 18.1, the author "was for 30 years an officer in the MfS' Line II..., the main element in the MfS' counter-espionage service." The work "is strongest on the ... last 10 or 15 years of the DDR's life."

Wegmann, Bodo. Die Militäraufklärung der NVA. Berlin: Verlag Dr. Köster, 2005.

Schmid, JIH 7.2 (Winter 2007-2008), notes that the author "presents a detailed picture of the structure and the functioning" of military intelligence in the GDR's National Peoples Army. Wegmann "focuses mainly on the anatomy of the organization rather than on its results but gives examples for the latter as well."

Whitney, Craig R. "East's Archives Reveal Ties to Terrorists." New York Times, 15 Jul. 1990, A6.

Return to East Germany Table of Contents