Communists: A Spymaster Returns Home

All he wants, says Markus Wolf, in from the cold, is to live in Berlin and write a children's book

If statistics were kept for such things, Markus Wolf might be said to have had the longest winning streak in the annals of espionage. For more than three decades before his retirement in 1987, he ran a succession of agents in the nerve centers of the West, and nowhere more effectively than in West Germany. Yet last week, that rampage through the history of spycraft appeared to have ended in bright morning sunshine at the village of Bayerisch Gmain on the Austrian border. There, nearly a year after German unification, Markus Wolf, now 68, surrendered.

Thus ended a Wanderjahr in which...

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