This book is a fascinating new examination of one of the most feared and efficient secret services the world has ever known, the Stasi.
The East German Stasi was a jewel among the communist secret services, the most trusted by its Russian mother organization the KGB, and even more efficient. In its attempt at 'total coverage' of civil society, the Ministry for State Security came close to realizing the totalitarian ideal of a political police force. Based on research in archival files unlocked just after the fall of the Berlin Wall and available to few German and Western readers, this volume details the Communist Party's attempt to control all aspects of East German civil society, and sets out what is known of the regime's support for international terrorism in the 1970s and 1980s.
STASI will be of much interest to students of intelligence studies, German politics and international relations.
1. Origins and Development of the East German Secret Police 2. The Inoffizieller Mitarbeiter Informant System 3. In Unequal Battle: Stasi and the Churches 4. Stasi Penetration of the Artistic Community and Universities 5. Foreign Espionage Operations 6. Cooperation between the Red Army Faction and Staatssicherheit
John Christian Schmeidel is a graduate of Columbia Law School and Pembroke College, Cambridge University, where he earned a Ph.D. in modern history. He was for eight years a banker in Europe, briefly a consultant to the RAND Corporation in Santa Monica, California on middle eastern terrorism and a U.S. government-sponsored Fulbright Scholar in Tunisia. He is presently a criminal prosecutor in northern Arizona."