Kidnap City: Cold War Berlin

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CHAPTER 10
MORE KIDNAPINGS

On April 15, 1954, in response to the news of the disappearance of Dr. Alexander Truschnowitsch, the New York Times wrote that it was “the most spectacular kidnaping in West Berlin since July 1952, when Dr. Walter Linse was seized in daylight on a United States sector street.” It was described as an intriguing affair, “involving such evidence as a poodle with its teeth knocked out, a missing carpet and the voice of a mysterious woman on the phone.”1

Der Tagesspiegel reported that the police regarded the abduction (“Ein zweiter Fall Linse?” or “A Second Linse Case?”) as one of the most brutal to have occurred in West Berlin. However, a Soviet broadcast said that not only had Dr. Truschnowitsch come over to East Berlin willingly and with proof of the despicable activities of the American CIA, but had brought an agent from the Gehlen Organization with him.2

By 1954, kidnapings from West Berlin were not a new story, but they were still a frightening one. Many of the residents of West Berlin must have asked themselves, how was it possible, that, time and again, the communists could drive into their sector, kidnap someone, and escape back into East Berlin so easily? How much truth was there to the communist charges that the “arrested” victims were agents of the CIA? Was the failure of the West to secure the return of the kidnaped victims a sign that they did not really care because they had many more people to take their places? Were returned victims actually working for the com-

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • Acknowledgments ix
  • Introduction xi
  • List of Abbreviations xv
  • Part I - Why Berlin? 1
  • Chapter 1 - Background 3
  • Chapter 2 - Early Victims 17
  • Part II - Mixed Messages 33
  • Chapter 3 - U.S. Intelligence in Berlin 35
  • Chapter 4 - New Friends 49
  • Part III - The Kemritz Affair 63
  • Chapter 5 - Hans Kemritz 65
  • Chapter 6 - U.S. versus the German Courts 81
  • Part IV - Partners 95
  • Chapter 7 - Working Together 97
  • Chapter 8 - The Linse Kidnaping 113
  • Chapter 9 - The Interrogation 127
  • Chapter 10 - More Kidnapings 143
  • Part V - Conclusions 167
  • Chapter 11 - Cold War Berlin 169
  • Appendix 181
  • Bibliography 185
  • Index 195
  • About the Author 200
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