Book cover of Capital of Spies: Intelligence Agencies in Berlin During the Cold War  by Sven Felix Kellerhoff and Bernd von Kostkaby Sven Felix Kellerhoff & Bernd von Kostka

For almost half a century, the hottest front in the Cold War was right across Berlin. From summer 1945 until 1990, the secret services of NATO and the Warsaw Pact fought an ongoing duel in the dark. Throughout the Cold War, espionage was part of everyday life in both East and West Berlin, with German spies playing a crucial part of operations on both sides: Erich Mielke’s Stasi and Reinhard Gehlen’s Federal Intelligence Service, for example.

The construction of the wall in 1961 changed the political situation and the environment for espionage—the invisible front was now concreted and unmistakable.

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