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The Publications of the Stasi Records Archive

The archives publish several series of publications and individual publications on the state of MfS research, and on the research of general subjects, archive-related topics as well as on political education.

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MfS manual and other publications

The MfS manual "Anatomie der Staatssicherheit" ("Anatomy of State Security") presents the structure and method of operation of the MfS alongside of the individual MfS service units as well as certain highlights.

Smaller studies and documentation appear in additional series published by the archive itself. You can acquire these publications for a nominal fee directly at the Stasi Records Archive. Discounts are possible for scholars, students and educational facilities.

For orders, please contact:

Abteilung Kommunikation und Wissen

Postfach 218
10106 Berlin

Phone: +49 (0)30 2324-88 03
Fax: +49 (0)30 2324-88 09

Our publications in publishing houses

More comprehensive academic treatises are included in the "Analysen und Dokumente" ("Analyses and Documents") series. This series as well as separate individual publications are available at book stores. Volumes 1 to 20 are published by the Christoph Links Verlag, Berlin (, volumes 21 to 26 by the Verlag Edition Temmen, Bremen ( From volume 27 on, the publications are published by the Verlag Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, Göttingen (

The "Biografische Quellen" ("Biographical Sources") series is available at book stores or at the publishing house. Volume 1 and 2 of "Biographical Sources" are published by the Verlag Edition Temmen, from Volume 3 the series is published by the Verlag Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht.

The publications in the "Archiv zur DDR-Staatssicherheit" ("Archive on GDR State Security") series are published by the "Arbeitsgruppe Archivwissenschaftliche Aufarbeitung" ("Archival Reconstruction Work Group") (AG AwA) of the Stasi Records Archive by Lit-Verlag. They are available from the Lit-Verlag, Münster ( or at book stores.

Additional Publications

Some titles of scholars of the Stasi Records Archive on the topic of GDR history and MfS research are also published by other specialized and general publishing houses. These publications are available at book stores.

All titles can also be seen in the Library of the Stasi Records Archive.

Some of our publications (which you'll find on German language pages)

  • MfS manual
  • Analyses and records
  • Individual publications
  • Archive on GDR State Security
  • Specialized archival publications
  • Additional publications

English Publications

The Stasi Records Archive offers some publications in English, which you can order or directly download.


Access to Secrecy

Exhibition on the Stasi Records Archive

This catalogue to the permanent exhibition “Access to Secrecy” sheds light on the bureaucratic information system, working methods and everyday tasks of the Stasi. It also offers insight into the current work of the Stasi Records Archive, which preserves for future generations the files left behind by the State Security, thereby assuring that they remain accessible to the people who were personally affected by the Stasi as well as to the broader public.


"Looking in a distorting mirror"

The case of Gilbert Radulovic in the Stasi records

The Ministry for State Security (MfS) collected and processed numerous details about individuals who had attracted its attention. The present booklet of documents shows how this information found its way into records and the profound consequences this could have for the individuals concerned.


State Security

A Reader on the GDR Secret Police

This Reader on the State Security provides an overview of the most important aspects of the GDR dictatorship and ist secret police.


The "European Network of Official Authorities in Charge of the Secret-Police Files"

A Reader on their Legal Foundations, Structures and Activities

The "European Network of Official Authorities in Charge of Secret Police Files" was founded in Berlin in December of 2008. The institutions from seven Central and Eastern European countries working together in this Network are charged, in their respective countries, with making an important contribution to accounting for the communist dictatorships with the help of the secret police files provided to them.