Policing a Socialist Society: The German Democratic Republic

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Abbreviations
ABV Local VP Representative (Abschnittsbevollmächtigter)
AfNS Office of National Security (Amt für nationale Sicherheit)
BfV German Counterintelligence Service (Bundesamt für
Verfassungsschutz
)
BND Federal (German) Intelligence Service (Bundesnachrichtendienst)
BRD Federal Republic of Germany (Bundesrepublik Deutschland)
BS Business Protection Police (Betriebsschutzpolizei)
DDR German Democratic Republic (Deutsche Demokratische Republik)
DVP German People's Police (Deutsche Volkspolizei)
GDR German Democratic Republic (Deutsche Demokratische Republik),
formerly the Soviet occupation zone
FRG Federal Republic of Germany (Bundesrepublik Deutschland), for-
merly the occupation zones of Britain, France and the United States
GMS Social Workers for Security ( MfS) (gesellschaftliche Mitarbeiter
für Sicherheit
)
HIM Full-time Unofficial Worker ( MfS) (hauptamtliche inoffizielle
Mitarbeiter
)
IM Unofficial Worker ( MfS) (inoffizielle Mitarbeiter)
Kripo Detective Police Department of the VP (Kriminalpolizei)
MdI Ministry of the Interior (Ministerium des Innern)
MfIA Ministry for Internal Affairs (Ministerium für innere
Angelegenheiten
)
MfS Ministry for State Security (Ministerium für Staatssicherheit)
NVA National People's Army (Nationale Volksarmee)
OibE Officers on Special Duty (Offiziere im besonderen Einsatz)
PM Pass and Registration Department of the People's Police (Paß und
Meldewesen
)
RAF Red Army Faction (Rote Armee Fraktion)
Schupo Protection Police Department of People's Police (Schutzpolizei)
SED Socialist Unity Party (Sozialistische Einheitspartei Deutschlands)

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • Preface ix
  • Notes xvi
  • Acknowledgments xvii
  • Abbreviations xix
  • Part I 1
  • Chapter 1 Introduction 3
  • Chapter 2 The German People's Police 23
  • Chapter 3 The Ministry for State Security 60
  • Chapter 4 The End of an Era 88
  • Part II 101
  • Chapter 5 The Gentle Revolution 103
  • Chapter 6 Slaying the Dragon 123
  • Chapter 7 Reorienting the People's Police 169
  • Chapter 8 The Dissolution of the GDR 211
  • References 229
  • Index 241
  • About the Author 244
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