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 Markus Wolf

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Birth
Hechingen, Zollernalbkreis, Baden-Württemberg, Germany
Death
9 Nov 2006 (aged 83)
Berlin-Mitte, Mitte, Berlin, Germany
Burial
Friedrichsfelde, Lichtenberg, Berlin, Germany
Memorial ID
16587344 View Source

East German Intellegence Officer. He served in the "Stasi" (Secret Service) of the German Democratic Republic (DDR - East Germany) from 1952 until 1986. Bornin Hechingen, Baden-Wuerttemberg, Germany, his father, Friedrich Wolf, was a member of the German Communist Party, and when Adolf Hitler came to power in 1933, the family emigrated to the Soviet Union. Because of his fluent knowledge of German language and culture, he was recruited into the Comintern, where he was trained for undercover work in Nazi Germany during World War II. At the end of the war, he moved to Berlin, to work as a radio journalist in the Soviet Zone of Occupation. He also covered the Nuremberg War Crimes Tribunals for the Soviet Union. In 1953, he helped found the Foreign Intelligence Service within the East German Ministry of State Security. He was extremely successful in penetrating the West German government, including the famous DDR spy Gunter Guillaume, whose exposure led to the resignation of West German chancellor Willy Brandt. Due to his elusiveness and lack of photos, he was known in the West as "The Man Without a Face." In 1986, he retired from the spy business, to be replaced by Werner Grossmann. Shortly before German reunification in 1990, he fled the DDR, to seek political asylum in Russia, but was refused. Upon his return to a unified Germany, he was arrested, and in 1993, he was convicted of espionage and treason, receiving a sentence of six years. Eventually, this sentence was suspended, and he was freed. He died in his sleep at his Berlin home in November 2006.

East German Intellegence Officer. He served in the "Stasi" (Secret Service) of the German Democratic Republic (DDR - East Germany) from 1952 until 1986. Bornin Hechingen, Baden-Wuerttemberg, Germany, his father, Friedrich Wolf, was a member of the German Communist Party, and when Adolf Hitler came to power in 1933, the family emigrated to the Soviet Union. Because of his fluent knowledge of German language and culture, he was recruited into the Comintern, where he was trained for undercover work in Nazi Germany during World War II. At the end of the war, he moved to Berlin, to work as a radio journalist in the Soviet Zone of Occupation. He also covered the Nuremberg War Crimes Tribunals for the Soviet Union. In 1953, he helped found the Foreign Intelligence Service within the East German Ministry of State Security. He was extremely successful in penetrating the West German government, including the famous DDR spy Gunter Guillaume, whose exposure led to the resignation of West German chancellor Willy Brandt. Due to his elusiveness and lack of photos, he was known in the West as "The Man Without a Face." In 1986, he retired from the spy business, to be replaced by Werner Grossmann. Shortly before German reunification in 1990, he fled the DDR, to seek political asylum in Russia, but was refused. Upon his return to a unified Germany, he was arrested, and in 1993, he was convicted of espionage and treason, receiving a sentence of six years. Eventually, this sentence was suspended, and he was freed. He died in his sleep at his Berlin home in November 2006.

Bio by: KIMBLE


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  • Maintained by: Find a Grave
  • Originally Created by: KIMBLE
  • Added: 10 Nov 2006
  • Find a Grave Memorial ID: 16587344
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/16587344/markus-wolf: accessed ), memorial page for Markus Wolf (19 Jan 1923–9 Nov 2006), Find a Grave Memorial ID 16587344, citing Zentralfriedhof Friedrichsfelde, Friedrichsfelde, Lichtenberg, Berlin, Germany; Maintained by Find a Grave.