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Summary

By 1990, the Berlin Wall had fallen and the East German state security service folded. During 40 years, they had amassed more than a billion pages in manila files detailing the lives of their citizens. Overnight, almost 100,000 Stasi employees, many of them experienced officers with access to highly personal information, found themselves unemployed. This is the story of what they did next. 

Former FBI Agent Ralph Hope uses critical insider knowledge and access to Stasi records to track and expose ex-officers working everywhere from the Russian energy sector to the police and even the government department tasked with prosecuting Stasi crimes. He examines why the key players have never been called to account and, in doing so, asks whether we have really learned from the past at all. He highlights a man who continued to fight the Stasi for 30 years after the Wall fell, and reveals a truth that many don’t want spoken. The Grey Men comes as an urgent warning from the past at a time when governments the world over are building an unprecedented network of surveillance over their citizens.

©2021 Ralph Hope (P)2021 Dreamscape Media, LLC

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Eye opening and shocking

I thought I knew how the Stasi operated.

I did, but I had no idea they still operate!

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Insightful look into the organs of repression of a failed state.

Really enjoyed the anecdotes and narrative about the remnants of the stasi, the ‘sword & shield’ of the socialist party party in the GDR.
Well narrated, well written.
Enjoyed it !

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A terrible warning for the future

This is a must-read for anyone who sees the rightful position of Germany in the last two or more decades as one of the best democracies in Europe. It shows how the Stasi, the secret police of the most repressive communist country of the Cold War East Germany, murdered and ruined the lives of hundreds of thousands of its own citizens with complete impunity. How, after the fall of the Berlin Wall, they worked hard to cover their tracks, How they took over important positions in modern Germany, And how they are still working hard to rewrite history to further cover their tracks and to promote their murderous regime. It is quite shocking to read how influential they still remain, perhaps more than ever as Angela Merkel (an impressively open-minded socialist conservative), leaves her throne. This has to be one of the most impressive exposes of corruption and evil in a basically good country in modern times.
I really didn't like the reading style but still very well worth the time spent listening.

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Great historical insights but bias is clearly on show

Wonderfully well researched and thoughtful book. However, the terrible crimes of the GDR have clearly left the author with a strong bias against left wing groups/ ideas of all kinds regardless of they’re history or beliefs. This is quite blatant and can be jarring to hear all left wing groups including those in the social democratic tradition in Europe tarred with the one brush.

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A Must Read

Absolutely brilliant. I have learned so much from reading this book. I visited Hohenschönhausen two years ago and it is a visit I will never forget.

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A story which needs to be told, but…

Overall an excellent book telling a story which many people will find new. However, the repeated linkage of todays left (at least outside of Germany) to a desire to rebuild communist police states seems a bit dramatic/inaccurate. In spite of this, a worthwhile listen and a lesson to help us avoid repeating horrific episodes in history.

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  • Patrick R.
  • 10-01-22

An MfS-Stasi Practical Guide on How to Destroy a Soul

A great tome on the Mfs-Stasi. It is appalling how very little justice there has been for the victims of the Stasi and the even worse crime of historical apologists efforting to revise DDR History with Ostalgie. Better to get hurt by the truth than be comforted by the lie.