Informers or Resisters? The East German Secret Police and the Church

Richard V. Pierard

Although the Protestant church played a central role in the East German revolution of 1989, revelations of secret police penetration damaged its reputation, thus forcing church leaders to reassess their actions. Richard Pierard believes that this challenges all Christians to consider how they can maintain a credible witness in the societies where they live. Mr. Pierard is Professor of History at Indiana State University.

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