Tourist Behind Enemy Lines: GDR intelligence activities in Denmark in the 1980’s

  • Peer Henrik Hansen (Lecturer)

    Activity: Talk or presentationLecture and oral contribution


    This paper will – based on a unique East German intelligence material – present a new interpretation of the finishing months of the Cold War and show that the GDR military intelligence service continued its secret activities in Denmark months after the break-down of the Berlin Wall in November 1989.

    The paper will:

    1) be based on a unique East German source material,

    2) show how field agents (Marsch Aufklärer) was used up until the fall of the Berlin Wall, just as I will describe what they focused on and how they operated,

    3) show that the highly detailed information gathered in Denmark was used in large analysis documents, perhaps meant for an invasion plan regarding Denmark.

    4) create the textual background for my presentation of the unique material consisting of secretly taken photographs, precise descriptions of earth samples, observations regarding infrastructure, open source material, military analysis reports base don the collections.

    Period15 Aug 2008
    Event titleWays of Knowing the Field - International Conference on the History of Fieldwork, Cartography and Scientific Exploration
    Event typeConference
    LocationKøbenhavn, DenmarkShow on map