Wolfgang Krieger

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Krieger in conversation with Horst Möller

Wolfgang Krieger (born October 29, 1947 in Munich ) is a German historian . He was a professor of modern history and the history of international relations at the Philipps University of Marburg .


Krieger studied history, English and political science at the University of Munich , where he passed the state examination in history and English in 1973 and received his doctorate in 1977. In the meantime, he had a PhD scholarship from the Friedrich Ebert Foundation and a grant from the Volkswagen Foundation for a Fellowship at St Antony's College of Oxford University . As a research assistant at the University of the Federal Armed Forces in Munich from 1977 to 1985, he was also a Fellow at Harvard University from 1983/1984 . 1985–1986 he worked at the Institute for Contemporary History in Munich and from 1986–1995 scientific advisor at the Science and Politics Foundation in Ebenhausen. In 1987 he became a private lecturer at the University of Munich. In 1995 he received the Alois Mertes Prize from the German Historical Institute in Washington. In 1994 he became an adjunct professor at the University of Munich and in 1995 he was appointed full professor in Marburg. 1999–2000 he was DAAD visiting professor at the University of Toronto. From 2005 to 2012 he was visiting professor at the Institut d'études politiques , Paris (“Sciences Po”).

Krieger is considered one of the leading German experts on the history of the intelligence services . In January 2011, he and his fellow historians Jost Dülffer , Cologne, Klaus-Dietmar Henke , Dresden, and Rolf-Dieter Müller , Berlin, received a study contract to research the history of the Federal Intelligence Service from 1945 to 1968.

Committees and memberships

  • Since 1987 member of the International Institute for Strategic Studies in London
  • Co-founder and 1999–2007 chairman of the working group on the history of the intelligence services
  • Liaison professor of the Friedrich Ebert Foundation at the University of Marburg, 1996–2013
  • 2000–2006 member of the DAAD selection committee for visiting professorships in the USA
  • 2000–2006 member of the DAAD selection committee for DAAD “German Studies” lectureships in the USA
  • 2004–2013 member of the selection committee for scholarships of the Friedrich Ebert Foundation
  • Since 2008 member of the Center d'études d'histoire de la défense of the French Ministry of Defense
  • Memberships: Association of Historians of Germany , Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations , Dialogue Group on Intelligence Services in Germany


  • with Jost Dülffer , Klaus-Dietmar Henke , Rolf-Dieter Müller (eds.): Publications of the Independent Historical Commission for Research into the History of the Federal Intelligence Service 1945–1968 (11 volumes). Ch. Links Verlag, Berlin 2016–2019.
  • History of the secret services. From the pharaohs to the CIA (= Beck'sche series. 1891). Beck, Munich 2009, ISBN 978-3-406-58387-2 (Several German-language editions. In French: Services secrets. Une histoire, des pharaons à la CIA. Traduit de l'allemand par Tilman Chazal et Prune Le Bourdon. CNRS , Paris 2010, ISBN 978-2-271-06953-5 ; in Czech: Dějiny tajných služeb. Od faraonů k CIA. Z německého originálu přeložila Jana Gruberová. Vyšehrad, Prague 2011, ISBN 978-80-7429-170-8 ; in Italian: Storia dei servizi segreti. Dai faraoni alla CIA (= Passato prossimo. No. 13). Traduzione di Lidia Anzivino e Andrea Gilardoni. Mimesis, Milan and others 2013, ISBN 978-88-575-1712-4 ).
  • as editor: Secret Services in World History. Espionage and covert actions from ancient times to the present. Beck, Munich 2003, ISBN 3-406-50248-2 (In Czech language: Tajné služby ve světových dějinách špionáže a utajené akce od antiky po současnost. Z německého originálu přeložil Eduard Světlík. Fontána00, 2006. Olmckého přeložil Eduard Světlík. Fontána00-300 -3 ).


In an interview with Tagesschau , he claims that Edward Snowden

"... skillfully plays with the international media and feeds them with information slice by slice ..."

The journalist and original contact person Snowden, Glenn Greenwald, contradicts this with the statement made via Twitter:

“NOTE: Snowden's leak is basically done. It's newspapers - not Snowden - deciding what gets disclosed and in what sequence. "

“Note: Snowden's data transfer has already been completed in principle. It's the newspapers - not Snowden - that decide what and in what order is revealed. "

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. Hans Leyendecker : Journey to another galaxy. BND opens archive for historians . In: Süddeutsche Zeitung . January 14, 2011 ( sueddeutsche.de ).
  2. Board of the association May 31, 2017
  3. The outrage is hypocritical . Interview with Wolfgang Krieger; Retrieved July 2, 2013.
  4. Glenn Greenwald's tweet about Snowden. Retrieved July 2, 2013.