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Author Bruce, Gary, 1969-

Title The firm : the inside story of the Stasi / Gary Bruce

Publ Info Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2010
 Bryant Main Stacks  DD287.4 .B78 2010    AVAILABLE
 RWU Main Library  DD287.4 .B78 2010    AVAILABLE
 Salve Main Collection  DD287.4 .B78 2010    AVAILABLE
 URI  DD287.4 B78 2010    AVAILABLE
Descript xiv, 239 pages, 6 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm
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Series Oxford oral history series
Note Includes bibliographical references and index
Contents Districts Gransee and Perleberg under the Nazis -- In the service of the firm : the full-time Stasi employees -- The candidate : Stasi informants -- In the line of sight : targeted by the Stasi -- The Stasi in everyday life -- The downfall
Note "Based on previously classified documents and on interviews with former secret police officers and ordinary citizens, The Firm is the first comprehensive history of East Germany's secret police, the Stasi, at the grassroots level. Focusing on Gransee and Perleberg, two East German districts located north of Berlin, Gary Bruce reveals how the Stasi monitored small-town East Germany. He paints an eminently human portrait of those involved with this repressive arm of the government, featuring interviews with former officers that uncover a wide array of personalities, from devoted ideologues to reluctant opportunists, most of whom talked frankly about East Germany's obsession with surveillance. Their paths after the collapse of Communism are gripping stories of resurrection and despair, of renewal and demise, of remorse and continued adherence to the movement. The book also sheds much light on the role of the informant, the Stasi's most important tool in these out-of-the-way areas. Providing on-the-ground empirical evidence of how the Stasi operated on a day-to-day basis with ordinary people, this remarkable volume offers an unparalleled picture of life in a totalitarian state"-- Provided by publisher
LC subject Germany (East). Ministerium für Staatssicherheit -- History
Intelligence service -- Germany (East) -- History
Secret service -- Germany (East) -- History
Germany (East) -- Politics and government
ISBN 9780195392050 (hardback)
0195392051 (hardback)