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Spy Master: The Real-Life Karla, His Moles, and the East German Secret Police

NCJ Number
159785
Author(s)
L Colitt
Date Published
1995
Length
304 pages
Annotation
This biography describes the life of Markus Wolf, who served for 40 years as the director of Stasi, the East German intelligence service.
Abstract
The book chronicles Wolf's early life in Germany, his escape to the Soviet Union with his family after the Nazis came to power, and his espionage career in East Germany. Wolf was a master spy. His most brilliant exploit was planting a mole in the government of West German Chancellor Willy Brandt, an incident that brought down the Brandt government. After the fall of the East German communist regime, Wolf was tried and convicted of treason. In 1995, a high court in the united Germany repealed his prison sentence, saying he was only doing his job for his country.