• God's Spies

  • The Stasi's Cold War Espionage Campaign Inside the Church
  • By: Elisabeth Braw
  • Narrated by: Liisa Ivary
  • Length: 11 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Categories: History, Europe
  • 4.2 out of 5 stars (5 ratings)
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The real-life cloak-and-dagger story of how East Germany’s notorious spy agency infiltrated churches here and abroad

East Germany only existed for a short 40 years, but in that time, the country’s secret police, the Stasi, developed a highly successful “church department” that - using persuasion rather than threats - managed to recruit an extraordinary stable of clergy spies. Pastors, professors, seminary students, and even bishops spied on colleagues, other Christians, and anyone else they could report about to their handlers in the Stasi. 

Thanks to its pastor spies, the Church Department (official name: Department XX/4) knew exactly what was happening and being planned in the country’s predominantly Lutheran churches. Yet ultimately it failed in its mission: despite knowing virtually everything about East German Christians, the Stasi couldn’t prevent the church-led protests that erupted in 1989 and brought down the Berlin Wall.

©2019 Elisabeth Braw (P)2019 Audible, Inc.

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Transports and spellbinds you to another era

The storytelling and accurate detail of the many characters behind events that shaped Europe are truly masterful. It is difficult to not reflect on how fast ideologies and societies can change. This is a book that will be looked back on as an invaluable resource for future generations with its first hand accounts of a part of history that few expected would ever be revealed but is now more important than ever to not be forgotten as new systems of surveillance and censorship around the world are formed.

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