German Yearbook of Contemporary History

German Yearbook of Contemporary History

A publication of the Leibniz Institute for Contemporary History

ISSN 2509-744X

eISSN 2509-7458


This English-language journal focuses on 20th and 21st-Century history with each annual issue devoted to one central theme. It contains a combination of translated articles from the Leibniz Institute for Contemporary History's prestigious quarterly journal, Vierteljahrshefte für Zeitgeschichte, and original research. Its goal is to disseminate this important scholarship with an English-speaking audience.

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Volume 6 (2022)
Introduction: Secret Services and the Arms Trade in German-Speaking Europe
William Glenn Gray and Thomas Schlemmer

The Origins of the BND: The Gehlen Organization: Process, Myth, and Legacy
Thomas Wolf

Programming with the Class Enemy: The Stasi, Siemens, and IT Knowledge Transfer during the Cold War
Rüdiger Bergien

Problems with the “Big Brother”: The GDR’s Ministry for State Security and the CPSU’s Policy toward Germany in 1969/70
Siegfried Suckut

Relationships, Suspicion, and Secrecy in Germany’s Early Cold War Secret Service Agencies
Kristie Macrakis

“Keep It under Wraps”: The Arms Deals of the Austrian State Industry and the Noricum Scandal
Thomas Riegler

Tanks for the Shah: Iran, the Leopard II, and Arms Exports in the Era of Oil Shocks
Bettina Weißgerber

Arms Exports and Holocaust Memory: Saudi Arabia, Leopard Tanks, and Bonn’s Secret Israel Clause of 1982
Hubert Leber

Arms Exports: The Normality of a Scandalous Subject: A Comment
Michael Geyer

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