Capital of Spies

Intelligence Agencies in Berlin During the Cold War

Sven Felix Kellerhoff, Bernd von Kostka

An illustrated account of the intelligence services operating in Cold War Berlin.
Date Published :
December 2021
Publisher :
Casemate
Contributor(s) :
Linden Lyons
Illustration :
b/w images throughout
Format Available    QuantityPrice
Binding. : Hardback
ISBN : 9781636240008
Pages : 288
Dimensions : 9 X 6 inches
Stock Status : Not Yet Published. Available for Pre-Order
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$34.95

Overview
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For almost half a century, the hottest front in the Cold War was right across Berlin. From summer 1945 until 1990, the secret services of NATO and the Warsaw Pact fought an ongoing duel in the dark. Throughout the Cold War, espionage was part of everyday life in both East and West Berlin, with German spies playing a crucial part of operations on both sides: Erich Mielke's Stasi and Reinhard Gehlen's Federal Intelligence Service, for example.

The construction of the wall in 1961 changed the political situation and the environment for espionage—the invisible front was now concreted and unmistakable. But the fundamentals had not changed: Berlin was and would remain the capital of spies until the fall of the Berlin Wall, a fact which makes it all the more surprising that there are hardly any books about the work of the secret services in Berlin during the Cold War. Journalist Sven Felix Kellerhoff and historian Bernd von Kostka describe the spectacular successes and failures of the various secret services based in the city.

About The Author
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Linden Lyons holds a master’s degree in history from Monash University in Melbourne, Australia. He also studied German at the University of Freiburg and librarianship at the University of Canberra. He is the translator for Panzer Operations, Vitebsk, and Leningrad in the Die Wehrmacht im Kampf series.

TABLE OF CONTENTS
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Foreword

SPY HUB BERLIN
RESURRECTED FROM THE RUINS
DIGGING FOR GOLD
LICENCE TO SPY
EARLY CONFRONTATION
MIELKE’S MEN
IN THE “ESPIONAGE JUNGLE”
COLD WAR PRACTICE

Conclusion
Appendix
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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