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Register of the John O. Koehler papers

Hoover Institution Archives

Stanford University

Stanford, California
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Jessica Lemieux
Date Completed:
2009
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Descriptive Summary

Title: John O. Koehler papers
Dates: 1934-2008
Collection number: 2001C75
Creator: Koehler, John O.
Extent: 74 manuscript boxes, 1 oversize box, 3 card file boxes (31.1 linear feet)
Repository: Hoover Institution Archives
Stanford, California 94305-6010
Abstract: Correspondence, news dispatches and news stories, photocopies of East German secret police documents, photocopies of United States government documents, post-reunification German governmental reports, clippings, other printed matter, photographs, sound recordings, and video tapes, relating to political conditions in Germany, the East German secret police, the attempted assassination of Pope John Paul II, and Soviet espionage within the Catholic Church. In part, used as research material for the books by J. O. Koehler, Stasi: The Untold Story of the East German Secret Police (Boulder, Colo., 1999), and Spies in the Vatican: The Soviet Union's War against the Catholic Church (2009).
Physical location: Hoover Institution Archives
Languages: Languages represented in the collection: English German Italian Russian

Administrative Information

Access

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Publication Rights

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], John O. Koehler papers, [Box no.], Hoover Institution Archives

Acquisition Information

Acquired by the Hoover Institution Archives in 2001

Accruals

Materials may have been added to the collection since this finding aid was prepared. To determine if this has occurred, find the collection in Stanford University's online catalog Socrates at http://library.stanford.edu/webcat . Materials have been added to the collection if the number of boxes listed in Socrates is larger than the number of boxes listed in this finding aid.

Location of Originals

This collection contains photocopies of documents in the Bundesbeauftragte für die Unterlagen des Staatssicherheitsdienstes der ehemaligen Deutschen Demokratischen Republik (BStU) and the United States National Archives and Records Administration.

Biographical Note

June 11, 1930 Born, Dresden, Germany
1950-1951 Freelance newsman for McGraw Hill Publications, Overseas Weekly, and Associated Press in Germany.
1951-1952 Sub-editor and reporter for Frankfurt bureau of Reuters.
1952 Reporter for The Canadian Press, Vancouver, WA.
1952-1953 Reporter for United Press Association and British United Press, covering Vancouver, Winnipeg, and Seattle.
1953-1954 Covered, wrote and edited local news for the Anacortes American (Washington).
1954-1957 Served in the United States Army and United States Army Reserve, entering the Army as a corporal and holding the rank of captain when discharged. Assignments included intelligence collection, counter intelligence, criminal investigation, and public affairs.
1957 Concurrent with Army service, reporter and editor for United Press Association in Phoenix, AZ.
1957-1985 AP Correspondent for 28 years, served as head of bureau in Bonn (1959-1962), chief correspondent in Berlin (1962-1965), and bureau chief for New Jersey (1965-1967). Also serves as deputy director and general manager for Personnel, and assistant general manager and managing director for the World Services Division at Associated Press headquarters in New York.
March 1987 Assistant to the President and Director of Communications under Ronald Reagan.
1999 Stasi: the Untold Story of the East German Secret Police is published by Westview Press.
July 2009 Spies in the Vatican: the Soviet Union's War Against the Catholic Church is published by Perseus Books Group.

Scope and Content of Collection

The collection documents John Koehler's career as a journalist, intelligence officer, and writer; it consists of correspondence, news stories, photocopies of East German and United States government documents, post-reunification German governmental reports, clippings, printed matter, photographs, sound recordings, and videotapes. Includes papers related to the Associated Press, the U.S. Army, political conditions in Germany, espionage, and especially the East German secret police. The bulk of the papers were collected by Koehler while researching and writing his book, entitled Stasi: The Untold Story of the East German Secret Police.
The Professional Files series includes news stories written by Koehler for the Associated Press (AP) and other news organizations, many of them dating from his time as chief correspondent in Berlin, and it also includes speeches and lectures given about journalism. Additionally, the Professional Files contain a small amount of material relating to the U.S. Army, Koehler's consulting company, and his work as President Reagan's communications director. The Correspondence series records Koehler's duties at the AP, particularly after he began working in the AP administrative offices in the United States. The Photographs series is mainly composed of AP photographs from Koehler's time as a reporter, depicting escapes from East Germany as well as photographs of Koehler himself.
The Stasi Research Materials series comprises the bulk of the collection. In the course of writing Stasi: the Untold Story of the East German Secret Police, Koehler collected information from a wide variety of sources. Thus, the series includes photocopied records from the East German Ministry of State Security (MfS), interviews with former MfS officers and victims, post-reunification German government reports, photocopied documents from various United States government agencies, and an extensive subject file of clippings and published material. The series reflects Koehler's interest in MfS abuses of power and extensively documents international espionage, terrorism, and repression of the East German population during the Cold War.

Arrangement

The collection is organized into four series: Professional Files, 1946-1989; Correspondence, 1960-1997; Photographs, 1960-1979; and Stasi Research Materials, 1931-2002. The Stasi Research Material series is further divided into five subseries: German Democratic Republic State Security Ministry files, 1931-1993 [bulk 1952-1989]; Federal Republic of Germany reports, 1990-1998; United States government documents, 1943-1997; Interviews and broadcasts, 1991-1997; Subject Files, 1931-2002.

Indexing Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.

Subjects

Germany (East) Ministerium für Staatssicherheit.
Germany--Politics and government--1945-1990.
Secret service--Germany (East).
Espionage, East German.
Cold War.

Occupations

Journalists.

Genre

Phonotapes.
Video tapes.
Photographs.

Related Material

Jürgen Perduss collection, Hoover Institution Archives
GDR Oral History Project interviews, Hoover Institution Archives
Heinrich Bortfeldt interviews, Hoover Institution Archives
Christian Joppke papers, Hoover Institution Archives
Sozialistische Einheitspartei Deutschlands miscellaneous records, Hoover Institution Archives

Appendix: Abbreviations

Abbreviation Full Name (in German) English equivalent
BF Bundesbeauftragte für die Unterlagen des Staatssicherheitsdienstes der ehemaligen Deutschen Demokratischen Republik, Abteilung Bildung und Forschung Research and education department of the Federal Commission for the Papers of the State Security Service of the former German Democratic Republic
BfgA Bundesanstalt für gesamtdeutsche Aufgaben Federal Institute for pan-German Tasks
BRD Bundesrepublik Deutschland Federal Republic of Germany (FRG)
BStU Die Bundesbeauftragte für die Unterlagen des Staatssicherheitsdienstes der ehemaligen Deutschen Demokratischen Republik Federal Commission for the Records of the State Security Service of the former German Democratic Republic
DDR Deutsche Demokratische Republik German Democratic Republic (GDR)
DKP Deutsche Kommunistische Partei German Communist Party
HA I Hauptabteilung I Chief Department I (Army)
HA II Hauptabteilung II Chief Department II (Counterintelligence)
HA III Hauptabteilung III Chief Department III (Technology and Radio)
HA V Hauptabteilung V Chief Department V (Culture, Education)
HA VII Hauptabteilung VII Chief Department VII (Prisons)
HA XVIII Hauptabteilung XVIII Chief Department XVIII (Economy/Industry)
HA XX Hauptabteilung XX Chief Department XX (Dissidents and Culture)
HA XXII Hauptabteilung XXII Chief Department XXII (Terrorism)
HVA Hauptverwaltung für Aufklärung Chief Administration for Intelligence (Foreign espionage)
IM Inoffizielle Mitarbeiter Unofficial collaborater
IMB Inoffizielle Mitarbeiter - Blickfeld Senior IM with close contact to the target
Koko Komerzielle Koordinierung Commercial Coordination (department responsible for acquiring western currency and products)
MfS Ministerium für Staatssicherheit Ministry for State Security (Stasi)
NVA Nationale Volksarmee National People's Army
OibE Offizier im besonderen Einsatz Officer in special service
ZAIG Zentrale Auswertungs- und Informationsgruppe Central evaluation and information group
ZERV Zentrale Ermittlungsstelle Regierungs- und Vereinigungskriminalität Center for discovery of governmental and reunification crimes

Collection Contents

Boxes: 10-13, 51, 58

Professional Files, 1946-1989.

Physical Description: 2 linear feet

Scope and Content Note

Consists of correspondence, clippings, notes, and news stories relating to Koehler's work for the U.S. Army, the Associated Press (AP), for his consulting company, and as President Reagan's communications director. Bulk of the series consists of clippings of news stories written by Koehler in the 1950s and 1960s.

Arrangement

Arranged in chronological order.
Box/Folder: 1 : 1

Dutch phrase book, 1943

Box/Folder: 1 : 2

Stories, 1946-1989

Box/Folder: 1 : 3

Reuters Stories, 1951.

Scope and Content Note

Includes photographs
Box/Folder: 1 : 4

Stories, 1951-1958

Box/Folder: 1 : 5

Army lesson plans 1951-1961

Box/Folder: 1 : 6

Stories, 1952-1957

Box/Folder: 1 : 7-8

Stories, 1952-1959.

Scope and Content Note

Includes photographs
Box/Folder: 1 : 9

Stories, 1952-1964

Box/Folder: 1 : 10

Stories, 1952-1967.

Scope and Content Note

Includes photographs
Box/Folder: 51 : 1-12

Stories, 1952-1975

Box/Folder: 1 : 11

Army publications, 1955-1958.

Scope and Content Note

Includes photographs
Box/Folder: 2 : 1

Stories, 1956-1968

Box/Folder: 2 : 2

Army Intelligence School, 1957

Box/Folder: 2 : 3

Stories, 1957-1984

Box/Folder: 2 : 4-5

Stories, 1958-1971.

Scope and Content Note

Includes photographs
Box/Folder: 2 : 6-7

Stories, 1959-1979

Box/Folder: 2 : 8

Khrushchev visit to Vienna, 1960.

Scope and Content Note

Includes photographs
Box/Folder: 2 : 9

Stories, 1960-1963

Box/Folder: 3 : 1

Stories, 1960-1964

Box/Folder: 3 : 2

Stories - Russia, 1960-1967.

Scope and Content Note

Includes photographs
Box/Folder: 3 : 3-12

Stories, 1960-1980

Box/Folder: 4 : 1-3

Stories, 1967-1968

Box/Folder: 4 : 4

Army Staff College lecture, 1969-1970

Box/Folder: 4 : 5-6

Stories, 1971

Box/Folder: 4 : 7-8

Trip Reports, 1972-1973

Box/Folder: 4 : 9

Stories - Watergate, 1973

Box: 58

AP news dispatch roll, 1975

Box/Folder: 51 : 1

International Narcotic Enforcement Officers Association membership certificate, 1986

Box/Folder: 4 : 10

Notes, 1986

Box/Folder: 4 : 11

Notes, 1987

Box/Folder: 4 : 12

Clippings, 1995-1998

Box/Folder: 4 : 13

Berlin slide show, undated

Boxes: 14-17

Correspondence, 1960-1997.

Physical Description: 1.65 linear feet

Scope and Content Note

Includes business and personal correspondence documenting Koehler's work as a journalist and writer. Correspondence labeled personal contains both incoming and outgoing letters and documents Koehler's work managing the AP in the Personnel and World Service departments, his travels and attendance at social functions, discussions with fellow journalists, the inception of his book research. Also includes letters from victims of the Stasi.

Arrangement

Arranged in chronological order.
Box/Folder: 5 : 1

Personal, 1960-1966.

Scope and Content Note

Includes photographs
Box/Folder: 5 : 2-3

Personal, 1967-1973

Box/Folder: 5 : 4-5

Personal, 1968

Box/Folder: 5 : 6

Personal, 1969

Box/Folder: 5 : 7

Personal, 1970

Box/Folder: 5 : 8

Personal, 1970-1971

Box/Folder: 5 : 9

Personal, 1971

Box/Folder: 5 : 10-11

Personal, 1972

Box/Folder: 5 : 12

Personal, 1973

Box/Folder: 6 : 1

Personal, 1973

Box/Folder: 6 : 2-3

Personal, 1974

Box/Folder: 6 : 4-5

Personal, 1975

Box/Folder: 6 : 6

Personal, 1976

Box/Folder: 6 : 7-8

Personal, 1977

Box/Folder: 6 : 9-11

Personal, 1978

Box/Folder: 6 : 12

Personal, 1979

Box/Folder: 6 : 13

Personal, 1979-1980

Box/Folder: 7 : 1

AP, 1981-1982.

Scope and Content Note

Includes photographs
Box/Folder: 7 : 2

Personal, 1981-1982

Box/Folder: 7 : 3

AP, 1983

Box/Folder: 7 : 4-5

AP, 1984

Box/Folder: 7 : 6-8

AP, 1985

Box/Folder: 7 : 9-10

Personal, 1985

Box/Folder: 7 : 11

Retirement, 1985

Box/Folder: 7 : 12

Personal, 1987-1997

Box/Folder: 8 : 1-2

Stasi Victims, 1991-1997

Scope and Content Note

Includes photographs
Box/Folder: 8 : 3

Stasi Victims - Hugo Kästner, 1992-1996

Box/Folder: 8 : 4

Stasi Victims - Günther Müller, 1992-1997.

Scope and Content Note

Includes photographs
Box/Folder: 8 : 5

Stasi Victims - Horst Hölig, 1993-1996

Box/Folder: 8 : 6

Stasi Victims - Hohenschönhausen Memorial, 1995 1995

Box/Folder: 8 : 7

Stasi Victims - Günther Becker, 1995

Box/Folder: 8 : 8

Stasi Victims - Burkhard Günther, 1995

Box/Folder: 8 : 9

Stasi Victims - Gottfried Gläser, 1995-1996

Scope and Content Note

Includes photographs
Box/Folder: 8 : 10

Stasi Victims - Erika Holsten-Warnke, 1995-1996

Box/Folder: 8 : 11

Stasi Victims - Heinz Kuhn, 1995-1996

Box/Folder: 8 : 12

Stasi Victims - Helga and Günther Jahn, 1995-1997

Box: 9

Photographs, 1960-1979.

Physical Description: 0.2 linear feet

Scope and Content Note

Consists of photographs and negatives relating to Koehler's work for the Associated Press and on his research. Includes photographs of the Berlin Wall, escapes from East Germany, and of Koehler himself in action as a reporter. Many of the photographs are personal copies of AP photographs.

Arrangement

Arranged in chronological order.
Box/Folder: 9 : 1

Borders, undated

Box/Folder: 9 : 2-3

John Koehler, 1960s-1970s

Box/Folder: 9 : 4-6

Berlin Wall and escapes, 1960-1965

Box/Folder: 9 : 7

Berlin photographic negatives, 1961

Boxes: 1-8, 18-50, 52-57

Stasi Research Material, 1931-2002.

Physical Description: 19.97 linear feet

Scope and Content Note

Contains clippings, photocopies of East German State Security Ministry (Stasi) documents, post-reunification German government reports, photocopies of United States government documents, and audio and video recordings of interviews conducted by Koehler in the course of his research for Stasi: the Untold Story of the East German Secret Police.

Arrangement

This series is arranged in five subseries: German Democratic Republic State Security Ministry files, 1931-1993 [bulk 1952-1989]; Federal Republic of Germany reports, 1990-1998; United States government documents, 1943-1997; Interviews and Broadcasts, 1991-1997; Subject files, 1931-2002.
Boxes: 18-29

East German State Security Ministry Files, 1931-1997, [bulk 1952-1989].

Physical Description: 4.5 linear feet

Scope and Content Note

Photocopies of documents produced by the East German Ministry for State Security (Stasi). Original documents are held by the Bundesbeauftragte für die Unterlagen des Staatssicherheitsdienstes der ehemaligen Deutschen Demokratischen Republik (BStU). Four broad topics (identified by the archivist) are present in the files: international espionage and counterespionage, general Stasi operations, surveillance and repression, and terrorism.

Arrangement

Koehler's subject-oriented folder titles and thematic organization have been maintained, though folders with similar titles have been grouped to aid research. Where folder titles did not already exist, the archivist has supplied the Stasi Chief Department (Hauptabteilung) that produced the records, document number and a brief description of their contents.
 

International Espionage and Counterespionage

Box/Folder: 18 : 1

Phantom ops, undated

Box/Folder: 18 : 2

HVA (Intercepted U.S. Transmissions), 1987

Box/Folder: 18 : 3

Hauptabteilung III (U.S. Espionage), 1987

Box/Folder: 18 : 4

INSCOM conference, 1987

Box/Folder: 18 : 5

Recruiting CIA agents, undated

Box/Folder: 18 : 6

Analysis of BfGA, 1980

Box/Folder: 18 : 7

NATO, 1968

Box/Folder: 18 : 8

U.S. citizen arrested for espionage, 1967

Box/Folder: 18 : 9

Manuals, 1952-1978

Box/Folder: 18 : 10

Analysis of political operative responsibilities, 1972

Box/Folder: 18 : 11

HVA FBI Analysis, 1977

Box/Folder: 18 : 12

Analysis of U.S. covert operations, 1972

Box/Folder: 18 : 13

U.S. Military visits, 1950-1957

Box/Folder: 18 : 14

Analysis of U.S. economic strategy, 1989

Box/Folder: 19 : 1-2

Analysis of U.S. policy, 1972-1988

Box/Folder: 19 : 3

Western military intelligence activities, 1989

Box/Folder: 19 : 4

Commercial imports, 1984

Box/Folder: 19 : 5

U.S. objectives in Berlin, unitdate

Box/Folder: 19 : 6

U.S.-West German economic ties, 1966

Box/Folder: 19 : 7

Hauptabteilung II (Counterespionage), 1966

Box/Folder: 19 : 8

Counterespionage Training Manual, 1988

Box/Folder: 19 : 9-11

Counterespionage, 1957-1959

Box/Folder: 19 : 12-14

Counterespionage - Tiedke defection, 1988

Box/Folder: 20 : 1

Latin America agent reports, 1986

Box/Folder: 20 : 2

Cuba, 1962-1980

Box/Folder: 20 : 3

Hauptabteilung XVIII number 119 (Cuba), 1981-1985

Box/Folder: 20 : 4-13

Nicaragua, 1980-1989

Box/Folder: 21 : 1-2

Africa, 1977-1989

Box/Folder: 21 : 3

Mexico, 1980

Box/Folder: 21 : 4-5

Chile, 1962-1980

Box/Folder: 21 : 6

HVA structure, 1989-1991

Box/Folder: 21 : 7

Anti-Soviet Emigrants, 1956-1959

Box/Folder: 21 : 8

Hauptabteilung XVIII number 3463 (Brother Organizations), 1983

Box/Folder: 21 : 9

Hauptabteilung XVIII number 11488 (Brother Organizations), 1985-1989

Box/Folder: 21 : 10-12

Cooperating with KGB, 1981-1989

Box/Folder: 21 : 13

Cooperative agreements (USSR and Hungary), 1981-1986

Box/Folder: 22 : 1

KGB Discussions, 1989

Box/Folder: 22 : 2

Relationship with KGB, undated

 

General Stasi Operations

Box/Folder: 22 : 3

Erich Mielke, 1931-1984

Box/Folder: 22 : 4

Offiziere im besonderen Einsatz (OibE), 1986

Box/Folder: 22 : 5

Hauptabteilung II/19 number 14225 (Wolfgang Seifert), 1972-1989

Box/Folder: 22 : 6

Hauptabteilung XX (Surveillance and Informants' Reports), 1987-1989

Box/Folder: 22 : 7

Hauptabteilung II and XX (Surveillance and Informants' reports), 1986-1989

Box/Folder: 22 : 8-9

Günther Müller, 1956-1995

Box/Folder: 23 : 1-2

Finances, 1978-1990

 

Surveillance and Repression

Box/Folder: 23 : 3-7

Hauptabteilung XX number 1386 (Psychiatry), 1976-1989

Box/Folder: 23 : 8

Electronic surveillance, 1979-1989

Box/Folder: 23 : 9

Operation Stoerenfried, 1986-1989

Box/Folder: 23 : 10

Recruiting informants, 1979

Box/Folder: 23 : 11-12

Dr. Werner Teske, 1979-1981

Box/Folder: 24 : 1-2

Dr. Werner Teske, 1980-1981

Box/Folder: 24 : 3

Solidarity Committee, 1969-1989

Box/Folder: 24 : 4

Jehovah's Witnesses, 1979

Box/Folder: 24 : 5-6

Surveillance of dissidents, 1989

Box/Folder: 24 : 7-9

Inoffizielle Mitarbeiter files, 1978-1989

Box/Folder: 24 : 10-11

Barczatis and Laurenz executions, 1952-1955

Box/Folder: 25 : 1-5

Barczatis and Laurenz executions, 1955

Box/Folder: 25 : 6-9

AP Surveillance, 1977-1989

Box/Folder: 26 : 1-5

AP Surveillance, 1985-1989

Box/Folder: 26 : 6-7

AP Surveillance - Reimold, 1979-1988

Box/Folder: 26 : 8

AP Surveillance - Schwelz, 1983-1986

Box/Folder: 27 : 1-2

AP Surveillance - Smith, Susan, 1978-1989

Box/Folder: 27 : 3

Forgeries, 1947-1993

Box/Folder: 27 : 4-8

Linse kidnapping and execution, 1946-1984

Box/Folder: 27 : 9

Hauptabteilung VIII, Abteilung XX (Horst Erdmann), 1969-1989

Box/Folder: 27 : 10

Lothar Fügemann (IM Flamme), 1969-1970, 1997

Box/Folder: 27 : 11

Abteilung VI (Leipzig IM Forschung), 1986-1988

Box/Folder: 28 : 1-5

IM Akte A/Teil II (Leipzig Informants' Reports), 1977-1989

Box/Folder: 28 : 6

Abteilung XXII (IMB Feld), 1985-1989

Box/Folder: 28 : 7

Ronald Reagan's Stasi dossier, 1980-1986

Box/Folder: 28 : 8

Hauptabteilung XVIII no.11612 (Foreign Visitors), 1981

Box/Folder: 28 : 9

Hauptabteilung VIII order 6/78 (Political Operatives), 1978

Box/Folder: 28 : 10

Hauptabteilung VIII (Foreign Publishers), 1979

Box/Folder: 28 : 11

Hauptabteilung VI no. C118/81 (Analysis of Political Operations), 1981

 

Terrorism

Box/Folder: 29 : 1-2

Iran, 1971-1987

Box/Folder: 29 : 3

Libya, 1978-1986

Box/Folder: 29 : 4

Terror Group Separat, 1984

Box/Folder: 29 : 5

Terrorism, 1954-1987

Boxes: 29-39

Federal Republic of Germany Files, 1990-1998.

Physical Description: 4.59 linear feet

Scope and Content Note

Reports, transcripts, press releases, and scholarly articles produced in post-reunification Germany, primarily by the government. Includes articles regarding the process of reunification. Primarily documents the criminal investigation of Stasi activities and resulting trials. Also includes reports summarizing East German government structure and methodology. The agency producing the report has been noted in parenthesis in many cases.

Arrangement

Arranged chronologically.
Box/Folder: 29 : 7

Dokumentation zum Staatsicherheitsdienst der ehemaligen DDR (BfGA), 1990

Box/Folder: 29 : 8-10

Dokumentation zur politischen Justiz in der ehemaligen DDR und Aufarbeitung ihrer Vergangenheit(BfgA), 1991

Box/Folder: 30 : 1

Zweiter Teilbericht des 1. Untersuchungsausschusses mit einer Darstellung der zum Bereich Kommerzielle Koordinierung gehörenden Unternehmen, 1992

Box/Folder: 30 : 2-8

Erste Beschlußempfehlung (Artikel 44 des Grundgesetzes), 1992

Box/Folder: 31 : 1-2

Die Inoffiziellen Mitarbeiter (BStU), 1992

Box/Folder: 31 : 3-5

Wolf Indictment, 1992

Box/Folder: 31 : 6

Indictment of Wagenbreth, Mutz, Rabe, and Michels, 1993

Box/Folder: 32 : 1-3

Indictment of Wagenbreth, Mutz, Rabe, and Michels, 1993

Box/Folder: 32 : 4

Tätigkeitsberichte des BStU, 1993-1997

Box/Folder: 32 : 5

Das Wörterbuch der Staatssicherheit (BF no. 1/93), 1993

Box/Folder: 32 : 6

Analysen und Berichte: Zu Wahrnehmung und Interpretation des Rechtsextremismus in der DDR durch das MfS (BF no.1/93), 1993

Box/Folder: 32 : 7

Dokumente: Die Organisationsstruktur des Ministeriums für Staatssicherheit (BF), 1993

Box/Folder: 33 : 1

Analysen und Berichte: Das Zusammenspiel von Staatssicherheitsdienst und SED nach der Selbstverbrennung des Pfarrers Oskar Brüsewitz aus Rippicha am 18. August 1976 (BF no. 2/93), 1993

Box/Folder: 33 : 2

IM Statistik (BF no. 3/93), 1993

Box/Folder: 33 : 3

Zweiter Zwischenbericht der Unabhängigen Kommission zur Überprüfung des Vermögens der Parteien und Massenorganisationen der DDR, 1993

Box/Folder: 33 : 4-6

Kratsch indictment, 1993

Box/Folder: 33 : 7-10

Vogel indictment, 1993

Box/Folder: 34 : 1-4

Vogel indictment, 1993

Box/Folder: 34 : 5-6

Beschlußempfehlung, 1993-1994

Box/Folder: 34 : 7-9

Beschlußempfehlung und Bericht, 1994

Box/Folder: 35 : 1-2

Beschlußempfehlung und Bericht, 1994

Box/Folder: 35 : 3-6

Beschlußempfehlung und Bericht - Anhangband, 1994

Box/Folder: 35 : 7-11

Beschlußempfehlung und Bericht - Anlageband 1, 1994

Box/Folder: 36 : 1-2

Beschlußempfehlung und Bericht - Anlageband 1, 1994

Box/Folder: 36 : 3-9

Beschlußempfehlung und Bericht - Anlageband 2, 1994

Box/Folder: 36 : 10-12

Beschlußempfehlung und Bericht - Anlageband 3, 1994

Box/Folder: 37 : 1-2

Beschlußempfehlung und Bericht - Anlageband 3, 1994

Box/Folder: 37 : 3

Attorney General press releases, 1991-1994

Box/Folder: 37 : 4

Bericht der Enquete-Kommission "Aufarbeitung von Geschichte und Folgen der SED-Diktatur in Deutschland," 1994

Box/Folder: 37 : 5

Zentrale Ermittlungsstelle Regierungs- und Vereinigungskriminalität (ZERV) situation report, 1994

Box/Folder: 37 : 6

Offiziere im besonderen Einsatz List, 1994

Box/Folder: 37 : 7

Criminal Investigations, 1994

Box/Folder: 37 : 8

Dokumente: MfS und Leistungssport (BF no. 1/1994), 1994

Box/Folder: 37 : 9

Die Hauptamtlichen 1962 (BF no. 1/94), 1994

Box/Folder: 37 : 10

Analyse und Berichte: Die Niederschlagung des Prager Frühlings (BF no. 1/94), 1994

Box/Folder: 37 : 11

BF informiert: Unter Nutzung der Angst (BF no. 2/1994), 1994

Box/Folder: 37 : 12

BF informiert: Zu Struktur, Charakter und Bedeutung der Unterlagen des Ministeriums für Staatssicherheit (BF no.3/94), 1994

Box/Folder: 38 : 1

BF informiert: Bibliographie zum Staatssicherheitsdienst der DDR (BF no. 4/1994), 1994

Box/Folder: 38 : 2

BF informiert: Entmachtung und Verfall des Staatssicherheit ein Kapitel aus dem Spätherbst 1989 (BF no. 5/1994), 1994

Box/Folder: 38 : 3

Analysen und Berichte: Vorbereitung auf den Tag X die geplanten Isolierungslager des MfS (BF no.1/95), 1995

Box/Folder: 38 : 4

BF informiert: Kurs auf die entwickelte Diktatur Die Neuausrichtung des Staatssicherheitsdienstes 1956/57 (BF), 1995

Box/Folder: 38 : 5-7

Anatomie der Staatssicherheit, 1995

Box/Folder: 38 : 8

Zentrale Ermittlungsstelle Regierungs- und Vereinigungskriminalität (ZERV), 1995-1996

Box/Folder: 38 : 9

Der Beitrag des Arbeitsgebietes I der DDR-Kriminalpolizei zur politischen Überwachung und Repression, 1996

Box/Folder: 38 : 10

BF informiert: "Gegen das Volk kann nichts mehr entschieden werden." MfS und SED im Bezirk Neubrandenburg (BF no. 12), 1996

Box/Folder: 38 : 11

BF informiert: "Unsere Nerven lagen allmählich blank." MfS und SED in Halle (BF no.13), 1996

Box/Folder: 38 : 12

BF informiert: Partisanen des Kalten Krieges (BF no. 14), 1996

Box/Folder: 38 : 13

BF informiert: "Hat nicht wenigstens die Stasi die Stimmung im Lande gekannt?" MfS und SED im Bezirk Karl-Marx-Stadt (BF no. 19), 1997

Box/Folder: 38 : 14

List of trials, 1997

Box/Folder: 39 : 1-4

Investigation of DDR Government crimes, 1990-1998

Boxes: 40-43

United States Government Documents, 1943-1997.

Physical Description: 1.67 linear feet

Scope and Content Note

Correspondence, reports, and photocopies obtained via FOIA request from various U.S. government agencies including the Army, Air Force, Navy, FBI and CIA. Includes documents regarding the Stasi, terrorism, defectors, and the Cold War.

Arrangement

Arranged chronologically.
Box/Folder: 40 : 1-2

Communist infiltration of U.S. Military, 1943-1955

Box/Folder: 40 : 3

CIC - NKVD Liaison, 1945-1953

Box/Folder: 40 : 4

Operation Bingo, 1946

Box/Folder: 40 : 5

Abductions, 1947-1951

Box/Folder: 40 : 6-7

Defectors - Stephen Wechsler, 1952-1953

Box/Folder: 40 : 8

U.S. Penetration of East German Government, 1953

Box/Folder: 40 : 9-13

Defectors - Robert Blevens, 1953-1995

Box/Folder: 41 : 1-9

Defectors from the U.S. Army, 1956-1995

Box/Folder: 42 : 1

International Terrorism in 1978, 1979

Box/Folder: 42 : 2

Reports on terrorism, 1982-1983

Box/Folder: 42 : 3

Report of the Vice President's Task Force on Combatting Terrorism, 1986

Box/Folder: 42 : 4

Senate Intelligence reports, 1986-1988

Box/Folder: 42 : 5-6

Air Force spies, 1988

Box/Folder: 42 : 7

Michael Peri, 1989-1990

Box/Folder: 42 : 8

Recent espionage cases, 1990

Box/Folder: 42 : 9

Senate Intelligence reports, 1990-1994

Box/Folder: 42 : 10

U.S. Military defectors to East Germany, 1992

Box/Folder: 42 : 11

Americans Who Spied Against their Country since World War II, 1992

Box/Folder: 42 : 12

JPRS Report: Terrorism, 1994

Box/Folder: 43 : 1

Senate Intelligence Report - Aldrich Ames, 1994

Box/Folder: 43 : 2-5

Conference on Cold War Military Records and History, 1994

Box/Folder: 43 : 6-7

Criminal Complaint against James Michael Clark, 1997

Box/Folder: 43 : 8

East German agents, undated

Boxes: 44-46

Interviews and Broadcasts, 1990-1997

Physical Description: 1.5 linear feet

Scope and Content Note

Includes transcripts, audiotapes and videotapes regarding the Stasi. Videotapes include news broadcasts and documentaries about the Stasi and Erich Mielke. Audiotapes record interviews conducted by Koehler in the course of his research. Interviewees include Stasi victims, former officers, German government officials, and Joachim Gauck.

Arrangement

Arranged in chronological order.
Box/Folder: 44 : 1-5

Rainer Wiegand Transcript, 1991 February

Box/Folder: 44 : 6

Rainer Wiegand Transcript, 1991-1996

Box/Folder: 44 : 7

Dissident Interviews - Horst Erdmann, 1962-1994.

Scope and Content Note

Includes photographs
Box/Folder: 44 : 8-9

Dissident Interviews - Horst Erdmann, 1964-1997

Box/Folder: 44 : 10

Dissident Interviews - Peter Gauweiler, Ralf Hirsch, Simon Wiesenthal, Heiner Sauer, and Joachim Gauck, 1991

Box/Folder: 44 : 11

Transcripts - Peter Gauweiler, Rupert Scholz, Heiner Sauer, Ralf Hirsch, and Joachim Gauck, 1991

Box/Folder: 44 : 12

Heinz Busch Transcript, 1992 July

Box: 45

Interview with Colonel Rainer Wiegand on personnel and kidnapping, audiocassette, 1991 February 5

Box: 45

Interview with Colonel Rainer Wiegand on kidnapping, top secret cases and mysterious deaths, audiocassette, 1991 February 6

Box: 45

Interview with Colonel Rainer Wiegand on terrorism, audiocassette, 1991 February 7

Box: 45

Interview with Colonel Wiegand on Pfotenhauer murder and international terrorism, audiocassette, 1991 February 7

Box: 45

Interview with Colonel Rainer Wiegand on terrorism and murder, audiocassette, 1991 February 7

Box: 45

Interview with dissident Ralf Hirsch, audiocassette, 1991 September

Box: 45

Interviews with Horst Erdmann and Colonel Wolfgang Koch, audiocassette, 1991 September

Box: 45

Interviews with Simon Wiesenthal, Prosecutor Heiner Sauer, and Ruediger Knechtel, audiocassette, 1991 October

Box: 45

Interview with former Stasi Lieutenant Roland Weihrich and Discussion between victims and Stasi officers, audiocassette, 1991 October

Box: 45

Interviews with Karl Grossman and Josef Kneifel, audiocassette, 1991 October

Box: 45

Interview with Karl Grossman, audiocassette, 1991 November

Box: 45

Interviews with Colonel Manfred Kleinpeter and Karl Grossman on HVA, audiocassette, 1991-1994

Box: 45

Interview with Colonel Heinz Busch on HVA, audiocassette, 1992 February 28

Box: 45

Interview with Colonel Franz Ross, audiocassette, 1992 July

Box: 45

Interviews with Dr. Wagner and Dr. William Stearman, audiocassette, 1997 June

Box: 45

Interview with Captain Schachtschneider, audiocassette, undated

Box: 45

Interview with Professor Jakob Segal, audiocassette, undated

Box: 45

Interview with Colonel Rainer Wiegand on Labelle bombing and CIA recruitment attempt, audiocassette, undated

Box: 45

Interview with Colonel Rainer Wiegand on CIA recruitment and operations against US Embassy, audiocassette, undated

Box: 45

Interview with Colonel Rainer Wiegand on counterintelligence, audiocassette, undated

Box: 45

Interviews with Professor Rupert Scholz, constitutional expert and Horst Erdmann, former Stasi prisoner, audiocassette, undated

Box: 45

Interviews with Peter Gauweiler and Horst Erdman, audiocassette, undated

Box: 45

Interview with Joachim Gauck and discussion between victims and Stasi officers, audiocassette, undated

Box: 45

Interviews with Colonel Rainer Wiegand and Colonel A. Teferry, audiocassette, undated

Box: 46

Stasi, 3 videocassettes, undated

Scope and Content Note

West German documentary made for training domestic counterintelligence officers
Box: 46

Hall Sting, videocassette, undated

Box: 46

Hall Incident news reports, videocassette, undated

Box: 46

Hall Case, videocassette, undated

Box: 46

Mielke, videocassette, undated.

Scope and Content Note

German documentary
Box: 46

Mielke, 2 videocassettes, undated.

Scope and Content Note

German format
Boxes: 1-8, 48-50, 52-57

Subject Files, 1931-2002.

Physical Description: 7.71 linear feet

Scope and Content Note

Contains clippings, notes, and printed material related to Koehler's research. Documents East German repression of its citizens, terrorism, counterintelligence, international relations, and dissidents. Several broad topics (identified by the archivist) are present in the files: international espionage and counterespionage, general Stasi operations, surveillance and repression, terrorism, reunification, and printed materials.

Arrangement

Original subject order was maintained during processing, though folders with similar titles have been grouped to aid research.
 

General Stasi Operations

Box/Folder: 10 : 1

Officers, 1990-1992

Box/Folder: 10 : 2

Personnel, 1961-1991

Box/Folder: 10 : 3

Staff lists, 1989

Box/Folder: 10 : 4

Staff lists, 1991

Box/Folder: 10 : 5

MfS internal life, 1957-1992

Box/Folder: 10 : 6

MfS structure, 1990-1991

Box/Folder: 10 : 7-8

Economics, 1968-1997

Box/Folder: 10 : 9-12

Koko (Commercial Coordination), 1951-1997

Box/Folder: 10 : 13

Communist money, 1993-1996

Box/Folder: 11 : 1

Technical service, 1990-1996

Box/Folder: 11 : 2

German character traits - communist resurgence, 1991-1994

Box/Folder: 11 : 3

Wiegand protocol, 1991

Box/Folder: 11 : 4-6

Erich Mielke indictment, 1934

Box/Folder: 11 : 7-11

Erich Mielke, 1931-1997

Box/Folder: 12 : 1-2

Erich Mielke, 1989-1995

Box/Folder: 12 : 3-7

Unsorted clippings, 1944-1997

 

International Espionage and Counterespionage

Box/Folder: 12 : 8

HVA, undated

Box/Folder: 12 : 9

HVA, 1965-1995

Box/Folder: 12 : 10

HVA - disinformation and forgeries, 1965-1994

Box/Folder: 12 : 11-12

Miscellaneous MfS/Wolf, 1974-1997

Box/Folder: 12 : 13

Markus Wolf, 1987-1996

Box/Folder: 13 : 1-3

Markus Wolf, 1989-1997

Box/Folder: 13 : 4

Markus Wolf trial, 1993-1997

Box/Folder: 13 : 5-6

Kidnap/alligator case, 1951-1996

Box/Folder: 13 : 7

Mail robberies, 1991-1996

Box/Folder: 13 : 8

Weapons smuggling, 1991

Box/Folder: 13 : 9-10

OiBEs (Deep Cover Agents), 1989-1997

Box/Folder: 13 : 11-14

KGB, 1949-1995

Box/Folder: 13 : 15

Invasion of West Germany - Stasi's role, 1960

Box/Folder: 13 : 16

Invasion of West Berlin, 1992-1995

Box/Folder: 14 : 1

NVA-HVA, undated

Box/Folder: 14 : 2

KVP-NVA, undated

Box/Folder: 14 : 3

Espionage, undated

Box/Folder: 14 : 4-10

Espionage, 1961-1997

Box/Folder: 14 : 11

Stasi in West Germany, 1959-1991

Box/Folder: 14 : 12-13

Espionage versus West Germany, 1960-1997

Box/Folder: 15 : 1-3

Espionage versus West Germany, 1961-1996

Box/Folder: 15 : 4-9

Günther Guillaume, 1955-1995

Box/Folder: 15 : 10

Willy Brandt, 1990-1996

Box/Folder: 16 : 1

Western services, 1967-1994

Box/Folder: 16 : 2

Eastern Europe, 1974-1995

Box/Folder: 16 : 3

Defense (NATO), 1966-1967

Box/Folder: 16 : 4

Espionage versus NATO, 1993

Box/Folder: 16 : 5-9

Espionage against the U.S., 1993

Box/Folder: 16 : 10

Africa analyses, 1991-1997

Box/Folder: 16 : 11

Africa and Latin America, 1980-1990

Box/Folder: 16 : 12

Chile, 1976-1998

Box/Folder: 17 : 1-2

Aldrich Ames, 1994-1995

Box/Folder: 17 : 3

Wolfgang Krase, 1984-1985

Box/Folder: 17 : 4

Elly Rometsch, 1964-1965

Box/Folder: 17 : 5

Klaus Kuron, 1984-1992

Box/Folder: 17 : 6

Uwe Barschel, 1994-1995

Box/Folder: 17 : 7

Hans Kemritz, 1952-1990

Box/Folder: 17 : 8

Espionage - Carney and Thompson, 1965-1992

Box/Folder: 17 : 9-11

Suarez case, 1955-1992

Box/Folder: 17 : 12

Horst Hesse, 1956-1975

Box/Folder: 17 : 13

Rosenberg spy ring, 1992

 

Surveillance and Repression

Box/Folder: 47 : 1-4

Oppression, 1958-1996

Box/Folder: 47 : 5-9

Informants, 1988-1997

Box/Folder: 47 : 10

Wiegand paper on informants, undated

Box/Folder: 47 : 11

Concentration camps, 1984-1993

Box/Folder: 47 : 12

DKP - secret army, 1990-1996

Box/Folder: 47 : 13

Election fraud, 1991-1996

Box/Folder: 47 : 14

Herbert Wehner, 1991-1996

Box/Folder: 47 : 15

1953 uprising, 1990-1995

Box/Folder: 47 : 16

Generals for Peace, 1993

Box/Folder: 47 : 17-18

Nazis and Neo-Nazis, 1946-1992

Box/Folder: 48 : 1

CharitÉ Hospital, 1990-1991

Box/Folder: 48 : 2-3

Intellectuals, 1992-1996

Box/Folder: 48 : 4

Dissidents - Jürgen Fuchs, 1991-1995

Box/Folder: 48 : 5-6

Defectors, 1959-1992

Box/Folder: 48 : 7

Opposition and victims' groups, 1993-1997

Box/Folder: 48 : 8

Electronic surveillance, 1976-1987

Box/Folder: 48 : 9

Surveillance of politicians, 1991-1992

Box/Folder: 48 : 10

Berlin Wall, undated

Box/Folder: 48 : 11

Building the Wall, 1991

Box/Folder: 48 : 12-13

Escapes - Berlin Wall, 1961-1965

Box/Folder: 48 : 14

Murder, 1987-1997

Box/Folder: 49 : 1-2

Murder, 1987-1997

Box/Folder: 49 : 3-4

Murder/Executions, 1961-1997

Box/Folder: 49 : 5

Scheithauer Murder, 1963-1991

 

Terrorism

Box/Folder: 49 : 6-13

Terrorism, 1979-1997

Box/Folder: 50 : 1

Terrorism, 1981-1996

Box/Folder: 50 : 2-4

Red Army Faction, 1985-1997

Box/Folder: 50 : 5-6

International terrorism, 1979-1991

Box/Folder: 50 : 7-11

Arabs/La Belle, 1969-1997

Box/Folder: 50 : 12

Future danger, 1990-1994

 

Reunification

Box/Folder: 51 : 1-4

End of DDR, 1989-1998

Box/Folder: 52 : 5-6

Reunification and politics, 1990-1997

Box/Folder: 53 : 1-9

Reunification, 1989-1999

Box/Folder: 53 : 10

Retribution/Spitzel, 1990-1996

Box/Folder: 53 : 11

SED, 1990-1991

Box/Folder: 54 : 1-2

Erich Honecker, 1990-1995

Box/Folder: 54 : 3

Trials, 1991-1997

Box/Folder: 54 : 4

Revenge and trials, 1991-1997

Box/Folder: 54 : 5

Opening Stasi files, 1991-1996

Box/Folder: 54 : 6

Wolfgang Vogel, 1992-1996

Box/Folder: 54 : 7

Karl Wienand, 1996

 

Published material

Box/Folder: 54 : 8

Western European Union Brief on the Berlin Question, 1961

Box/Folder: 54 : 9

Assorted pamphlets, 1971-1995

Box/Folder: 54 : 10

International Security Review, 1982

Box/Folder: 54 : 11-15

Freiheitsglocke, 1985-1990

Box/Folder: 55 : 1-6

Freiheitsglocke, 1991-1997

Box/Folder: 55 : 7-8

Kalter Krieg als antikommunistischer Widerstand, 1987

Box/Folder: 55 : 9

Combatting Terrorism: A Matter of Leverage, 1986

Box/Folder: 55 : 10

Berliner Illustrierte, 1989

Box/Folder: 55 : 11

Grenzfall, 1989

Box/Folder: 55 : 12-13

Der Spiegel, 1989-1990

Box/Folder: 56 : 1

Der Spiegel, 1990

Box/Folder: 56 : 2

Der Spiegel series, 1990

Box/Folder: 56 : 3-4

Der Spiegel, series, undated

Box/Folder: 56 : 5

Dresden by Hans Kromer, 1990

Box/Folder: 56 : 6

Aus Politik und Zeitgeschichte, 1990-1993

Box/Folder: 56 : 7

Conference on European Security and Cooperation, 1990

Box/Folder: 56 : 8

Dateline, 1990

Box/Folder: 56 : 9

Politische Studien, 1992

Box/Folder: 56 : 10

Die Mauer Spricht, 1992

Box/Folder: 56 : 11-14

Cold War International History Project Bulletin, 1992-1997

Box/Folder: 57 : 1

Ulbricht and the Concrete "Rose," 1993

Box/Folder: 57 : 2

News of Intelligence and Counterintelligence, 1993.

Scope and Content Note

In Russian
Box/Folder: 57 : 3

Social Democrats as Victims in the Fight against the Red Dictatorship, 1994

Box/Folder: 57 : 4-5

Der Stacheldraht, 1994-1997

Box/Folder: 57 : 6

Deutschland Archiv, 1995

Box/Folder: 57 : 7

Mauern-Gitter-Stacheldraht, 1996

Box/Folder: 57 : 8

Compromise, Collaboration, and Betrayal: the Legacy of the Czech Secret Police Cadre, 1997

Box/Folder: 57 : 9

Initiativgruppe Lager Mühlberg, 1997

Box/Folder: 57 : 10

Hilferufe von drüben, 1997

Box/Folder: 57 : 11

Einsatzkommandos an der unsichtbaren Front, 1999

Box/Folder: 57 : 12

Die Zusammenarbeit zwischen dem Ministerium für Staatssicherheit der DDR (MfS) und dem Ministerium des Innern Kubas (MININT), 2002