Lucian Blaga University of Sibiu, Faculty of Letters and Arts
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Victims and Executioners: German Intellectuals Pursued or Employed by the Communist Secret Security
Abstract: The present volume, German Writers and Scholars from Romania in the eyes of the State Security [Securitate], paints a picture of Romanian society during the communist period by looking at the relationship of some German writers from Romania with the Secret Police. Stefan Sienerth’s volume consists of fifteen extensive studies that provide profiles of cynical and abject members of the State Security but also of some of the writers’ informants, who were blackmailed into collaborating under threat of being arrested. All studies are based on empirical research and on analysing documents from the CNSAS Security Archive, and describe an absurd world dominated by anxiety, fear, betrayal, blackmail, as well as the unscrupulous and cynical operating methods employed by the State Security. These are very rich in information and explicit, with clear statements and very precise terminology, revealing a very experienced researcher, as well as characterizing an era through the prism of a network of destinies, some of which are implacable.
Keywords: Communist State Security, National Council for the Study of Security Files, surveillance file
Csejka, Gerhardt, and Stefan Sienerth, eds. Vexierspiegel Securitate. Rumäniendeutsche Autoren im Visier des kommunistischen Geheimdienstes [Romanian-German Authors Targeted by the Communist Secret Service]. Regensburg, 2015.
Kührer-Wielach, Florian, and Michaela Nowotnick, eds. Aus den Giftschränken des Kommunismus [From the Communist Poison Cupboards]. Regensburg, 2018.
Motzan, Peter, and Stefan Sienerth, eds. Worte als Gefahr und Gefärdung. Fünf deutsche Schriftsteller vor Gericht[Words as Danger and Endangerment. Five German Writers in Court]. München: IKGS 1993.
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