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Spying on ScienceWestern Intelligence in Divided Germany 1945-1961$
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Paul Maddrell

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780199267507

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199267507.001.0001

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The Western Secret Services and the Wall

The Western Secret Services and the Wall

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(p.236) 9 The Western Secret Services and the Wall
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Spying on Science
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Paul Maddrell

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199267507.003.0010

This chapter discusses the tactics imposed by the DDR and the USSR to close the border. It explains that Khrushchev stopped the flight of refugees and the subversive work of the Western secret services. It narrates that the sectoral border in Berlin was closed using barbed wire. It discusses that the declaration of the Warsaw Pact states announcing the closure claimed that its purpose was to prevent ‘subversive activity’ against them. It narrates that Ulbricht told a summit of Warsaw Pact leaders that the migration of skilled workers to the west had caused grave economic difficulties. It explains that the closure of the wall had a profound impact on spying. It adds that as a solution, the West intensified their espionage. It also discusses that the MfS arrested many spies, but the West was able to recruit new ones.

Keywords:   Khrushchev, Ulbricht, Berlin Wall, Berlin, Warsaw Pact, arrest, economic difficulties, MfS

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