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Vierteljahrshefte für Zeitgeschichte

Ed. by Altrichter, Helmut / Möller, Horst / Szöllösi-Janze, Margit / Wirsching, Andreas


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Volume 58, Issue 3

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Probleme mit dem großen Bruder. Der DDR-Staatssicherheitsdienst und die Deutschlandpolitik der KPdSU 1969/70

Siegfried Suckut
Published Online: 2010-07-05 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1524/vfzg.2010.0021

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Die Stasi wusste, was der DDR nach dem „Machtwechsel“ in Bonn 1969 und dem Beginn einer neuen Ostpolitik drohte – und sie informierte darüber auch die SED-Führung und den „großen Bruder“ in Moskau, der sich viele unbequeme Fragen gefallen lassen musste, von Warnungen vor einer Zersetzung des Ostblocks trotzdem nichts wissen wollte. Siegfried Suckut, einer der Pioniere der westdeutschen DDR-Forschung, präsentiert die Analysen der Staatssicherheit, schildert die Konsultationen mit dem KGB und den Prozess der Anpassung, der SED und Stasi schließlich doch auf den Kurs Moskaus einschwenken ließ – zähneknirschend, wie es scheint.

Abstract

This article covers the question of how the political secret police of the East German Communist Party (SED) reacted to the onset of the new Eastern policy and policy on Germany of the Social-Liberal coalition in Bonn in 1969/70. Material from the GDR Ministry for State Security (MfS), which has not hitherto been historiographically analysed in context, shows that minister Mielke and his deputy, the head of the department for espionage in Western countries (HVA) Markus Wolf, from the start considered this variant of imperialist policy on Germany especially dangerous for the GDR and the socialist states, as this policy ultimately aimed at abolishing socialism in the GDR and the undermining of the Eastern alliance system. They warned their friends in conversations with the KGB leadership and indirectly exhorted them not to make any concessions to the West German government at the expense of the GDR. Mielke and Andropov functioned as acting parties in consultation with their respective party leadership. The documentation is most clear regarding the planned argumentation of the GDR representatives in this proxy discourse about the Eastern policy and policy on Germany of the Brandt government; Wolf especially was resolved to exhibit a confident, sometimes even school-masterly attitude towards the Soviet representatives. This is attested by his preliminary notes for the conversation with Andropov which are presented here; according to the available documents, the meeting took place a few weeks before the signing of the treaty on the renunciation of the use of force between Bonn and Moscow in East Berlin.

Keywords: DDR-Staatssicherheitsdienst; Politik der KPdSU; Markus Wolf

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Published Online: 2010-07-05

Published in Print: 2010-07-15


Citation Information: Vierteljahrshefte für Zeitgeschichte, Volume 58, Issue 3, Pages 403–439, ISSN (Online) 2196-7121, ISSN (Print) 0042-5702, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1524/vfzg.2010.0021.

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