Dr. Bodo Hechelhammer, chief historian of the BND, will deliver a lecture on the early years of the German intelligence service, introducing the American and German agents behind Germany’s Cold War spy operation.
The Early Years of German-American Intelligence Cooperation
On St Nicholas Day, December 6th 1947, Reinhard Gehlen began to organize a spy ring with the help of the US Army intelligence and the CIA in Pullarch, Bavaria. 68 years later, Pullarch remains the headquarters of the Bundesnachtrichtendienst (BND), Germany's Federal Intelligence Service.
Join us as Dr. Bodo Hechelhammer, chief historian of the BND, delivers a lecture on the early years of the German intelligence service, introducing the American and German agents behind Germany’s Cold War spy operation. Dr. Hechelhammer’s new book, Geheimobjekt Pullach (Ch. Links) draws on numerous archives and private collections and, for the first time, materials from the BND archives.
Dr. Bodo Hechelhammer is Director of the Historical Research Working Group of the German Federal Intelligence Service, as well as editor of the Bulletin of the Research Working Group “History of the BND”.
Dr. Hechelhammer studied Geography, Medieval and Contemporary History, and Art History at TU Darmstadt. He obtained his doctorates from the Justus-Liebig-University Gießen and TU Darmstadt respectively, and was a research associate there at the Institute for History. Since 2010, he has directed the internal research group for history at the BND after serving for many years as an intelligence officer at the BND.
Christian F. Ostermann
Woodrow Wilson Center
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