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"Karlson" : a Stasi "kontakt person" : An episode of Iceland’s Cold War legacy

"Karlson" : a Stasi "kontakt person" : An episode of Iceland’s Cold War legacy


Title: "Karlson" : a Stasi "kontakt person" : An episode of Iceland’s Cold War legacy
Author: Guðmundsson, Birgir   orcid.org/0000-0001-8235-001X
Meckl, Markus Hermann
Date: 2012
Language: Icelandic
Scope:
University/Institute: Háskólinn á Akureyri
School: Hug- og félagsvísindasvið
Series: Nordicum-Mediterraneum; 7(1)
ISSN: 1670-6242
Subject: Kalda stríðið; Njósnir; Cold War; Iceland; NATO
URI: https://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11815/2838

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Guðmundsson , B & Meckl , M H 2012 , ' "Karlson" : a Stasi "kontakt person" : An episode of Iceland’s Cold War legacy ' , Nordicum-Mediterraneum , bind. 7 , nr. 1 . < http://hdl.handle.net/1946/14316 >

Abstract:

Iceland’s geographical position gave this small nation a special strategic importance in the political and military chess game between East and West during the Cold War era. Iceland constituted an important post for the NATO defence forces and surveillance activities. The military base and the NATO alignment created stark divisions among the population. The political discussion was framed in terms of the Cold War and the press in Iceland continuously suggested that the political motives of their opponents were conspicuously linked to or derived from either the interests of Soviet or Eastern European communism or US capitalist imperialism. It was in this circumstances that in the fifties and sixties young left wing people sought to undertake their university education in the Eastern block. The legacy of heated feelings of the Cold War has in many ways survived the Cold War itself. This article wants to contribute to the objectification of the debate by presenting the files from the archives of the East German secret service on one Icelandic student cooperating with it while studying in East Germany.

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