Stasi Infiltration of the East German Church


When the Berlin Wall came down, the files of the East German secret police, the much-dreaded Stasi, were opened and read. And among the shocking stories revealed was that of the Stasi’s infiltration of the Church. 

The Lutheran Church was the only semi-free space in East Germany, where those who rebelled against the regime could find a way of living at least a little out of the government’s grip. 

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Back to today’s episode, author of the book “God’s Spies” Elisabeth Braw tells the real-life cloak-and-dagger story of how the  Stasi infiltrated churches in East Germany.

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