East Germany's Secret Police: The Stasi: Background information when reading Winter Work

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Winter Work

A novel

by Dan Fesperman

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East Germany's Secret Police: The Stasi

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Black, red and yellow flag of East GermanyThe main character in Dan Fesperman's spy thriller Winter Work is a colonel in East Germany's HVA, a unit of the infamous East German security service commonly referred to as the Stasi.

After World War II, the United States and the USSR vied for influence over Europe, with most countries in the western half of the continent joining NATO, while eastern countries aligned with the USSR. Germany was split into two countries, with the western half becoming the democratic Federal Republic of Germany (FDR or West Germany) and the eastern section the socialist German Democratic Republic (GDR or East Germany).

In early 1950, East Germany formed the Ministerium für Staatssicherheit ("Ministry for State Security"), also known as the Stasi. The organization was modeled after the USSR's security agency, the KGB, and was responsible for gathering intelligence on its perceived international rivals as well as its own people. According to History Hit, its domestic role involved "spying (...

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