Of Sources and Files

  • Files produced by the secret police forces of former Eastern Bloc countries are complex documents, not completely reliable and yet not fully untrustworthy either—or as the British historian Timothy Garton Ash has remarked, “There is a truth that can be found [in a secret police file]. Not a single, absolute Truth with a capital T but still a real and important one” (2002, 282). As historical documents—texts anchored in a time and place and resulting from specific circumstances—files in general “supplement or rework ‘reality’” and are never “mere sources that divulge facts about ‘reality’” (LaCapra 1985, 11)

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Author details:Corina L. PetrescuGND
Title of parent work (English):Cold War spy stories from Eastern Europe
Subtitle (English):The Making of the Securitate Target Ana Novac
Publisher:University of Nebraska Press
Place of publishing:Lincoln
Publication type:Article
Year of first publication:2019
Completion year:2019
Release date:2021/05/04
Page number:23
First page:137
Last Page:159
Organizational units:Philosophische Fakultät / Institut für Germanistik
DDC classification:4 Sprache / 43 Deutsch, germanische Sprachen allgemein / 430 Germanische Sprachen; Deutsch