Cold War Spy Stories from Eastern Europe

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Today we’re talking to  Alison Lewis, a professor in German at the University of Melbourne.

She is the author of several books, including one in German about love and gender in literature during Germany’s reunification and a book in German about the Stasi’s infiltration of the literary underground. We spoke to Alison in episode 71.

In this episode we talk about her latest collaboration a new book called  “Cold War Spy Stories from Eastern Europe.”

The book  brings together a wide range of accounts compiled from the East German Stasi, the Romanian Securitate, and the Ukrainian KGB files.

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So back to today’s episode. We recorded in Manchester Central Library so do forgive us for any weird background noises. I’m delighted to welcome Prof Alison Lewis to Cold War Conversations.

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