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Bruce, Gary 1969-

Works: 13 works in 52 publications in 3 languages and 2,530 library holdings
Genres: History  Academic theses 
Roles: Author
Classifications: DD287.4, 363.2830943109045
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Gary Bruce
The firm : the inside story of the Stasi by Gary Bruce( )

15 editions published between 2010 and 2014 in English and held by 2,013 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Based on previously classified documents and on interviews with former secret police officers and ordinary citizens, The Firm is the first comprehensive history of East Germany's secret police, the Stasi, at the grassroots level. Focusing on Gransee and Perleberg, two East German districts located north of Berlin, Gary Bruce reveals how the Stasi monitored small-town East Germany. He paints an eminently human portrait of those involved with this repressive arm of the government, featuring interviews with former officers that uncover a wide array of personalities, from devoted ideologues to reluctant opportunists, most of whom talked frankly about East Germany's obsession with surveillance. Their paths after the collapse of Communism are gripping stories of resurrection and despair, of renewal and demise, of remorse and continued adherence to the movement. The book also sheds much light on the role of the informant, the Stasi's most important tool in these out-of-the-way areas. Providing on-the-ground empirical evidence of how the Stasi operated on a day-to-day basis with ordinary people, this remarkable volume offers an unparalleled picture of life in a totalitarian state"--(Provided by publisher.)
Resistance with the people : repression and resistance in Eastern Germany, 1945-1955 by Gary Bruce( Book )

15 editions published between 2003 and 2005 in English and German and held by 325 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

After World War II, East Germans found themselves dealing with a communist system that violated basic rights. By examining documents of the East German Ministry for State Security, the police and Communist Party, this text details the underground work of political opponents and the secret police
Through the lion gate : a history of the Berlin Zoo by Gary Bruce( Book )

7 editions published in 2017 in English and held by 169 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In 1943, fierce aerial bombardment razed the Berlin Zoo and killed most of its animals. But only two months after the war's end, Berliners had already resurrected it, reopening its gates and creating a symbol of endurance in the heart of a shattered city. As this episode shows, the Berlin Zoo offers one of the most unusual--yet utterly compelling--lenses through which to view German history. This enormously popular attraction closely mirrored each of the political systems under which it existed: the authoritarian monarchy of the kaiser, the Weimar Republic, Nazi Germany, and the post-1945 democratic and communist states. Gary Bruce provides the first English-language history of the Berlin zoo, from its founding in 1844 until the 1990 unification of the West Berlin and East Berlin zoos. At the center of the capital's social life, the Berlin Zoo helped to shape German views not only of the animal world but also of the human world for more than 150 years. Given its enormous reach, the German government used the zoo to spread its political message, from the ethnographic display of Africans, Inuit, and other 'exotic' peoples in the late nineteenth century to the Nazis' bizarre attempts to breed back long-extinct European cattle. By exploring the intersection of zoology, politics, and leisure, Bruce shows why the Berlin Zoo was the most beloved institution in Germany for so long: it allowed people to dream of another place, far away from an often grim reality. It is not purely coincidence that the profound connection of Berliners to their zoo intensified through the bloody twentieth century. Its exotic, iconic animals--including Rostom the elephant, Knautschke the hippo, and Evi the sun bear--seemed to satisfy, even partially, a longing for a better, more tranquil world"--
Resistance in the Soviet Occupied ZoneGerman Democratic Republic, 1945-1955 by Gary Bruce( )

4 editions published between 1997 and 2000 in English and held by 6 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This study argues that the 17 June uprising was an act of fundamental resistance which aimed to remove the existing political structures in the German Democratic Republic. By examining the Soviet Occupied Zone and German Democratic Republic from 1945 to 1955, it becomes clear that there existed in the population a basic rejection of the Communist system which was entwined with the regime's disregard for basic rights. Protestors on 17 June 1953 demonstrated for the release of political prisoners, and voiced political demands similar to those which had been raised by oppositional members of the non-Marxist parties in the German Democratic Republic prior to their being forced into line. The organized political resistance in the non-Marxist parties represented "Resistance with the People" (Widerstand mit Volk)."--
The United States and West German rearmament 1947-1952 by Gary Bruce( )

2 editions published between 1993 and 1994 in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Each woman dies her death a thousand times : voices of female experience in the holocaust by Michelle Johnston( Book )

1 edition published in 2018 in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

While the experiences of Holocaust victims are well studied in history, the nuances of female-centric elements of these experiences have been under-represented in Holocaust historiography until relatively recently. While there is no single, "typical" female experience in the Holocaust, a woman's path, as well as elements of her suffering, were significantly shaped by her gender in unique ways. Utilizing female authored memoirs, this thesis examines experience and memory to illuminate unique elements of how the Holocaust was experienced by female victims. The ways in which gender influenced Holocaust experiences in the pre-WWII era, the era of deportations, and in camp confinement are explored, along with unique and significant examples of female-centric means of resistance. Issues such as menstruation, lesbianism, sexuality, hair loss, beauty standards, childbirth, fetishization of the female body and grief are explored in order to contribute to a more inclusive and nuanced understanding of how women experienced the Holocaust
"Lucky that East Germany also exists" : Yugoslavia between the Federal Republic of Germany and the German Democratic Republic (1955-1968) by Alan Maricic( Book )

1 edition published in 2019 in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This dissertation explores the relations between Yugoslavia and the Federal Republic of Germany (FRG) and the German Democratic Republic (GDR) in the period between 1955 and 1968. This is the first analysis using sources from all three countries, and the first one written in English. In 1955, the FRG developed a set of diplomatic measures which aimed to prevent the GDR's international recognition as a sovereign country. These measures became known as the Hallstein Doctrine, named after one of the West German civil servants responsible for developing them. Under these measures, the FRG would break off diplomatic relations with any third country that recognized the GDR. Thus the two Germanies became involved in a diplomatic battle, with the GDR searching for recognition and the FRG trying to thwart these efforts. Much of the GDR's counter-efforts in the early years of the Doctrine were aimed at Yugoslavia, which was in the process of rebuilding its relations with the Soviet Union following the Tito-Stalin split in 1948. This development opened the door for Yugoslav cooperation with other Eastern Bloc countries, including the GDR. In 1957, Yugoslavia finally recognized the GDR. This caused the FRG broke off relations with Yugoslavia, a decision it would reverse eleven years later, in 1968. This dissertation shows that Yugoslavia's decision to recognize the GDR did not reflect its general foreign policy goals, and that in subsequent years, Yugoslavia was more concerned with developing good economic relations with the FRG. This dissertation also shows that the GDR expected Yugoslavia to influence other non-aligned countries to recognize it, but that Yugoslavia was reluctant to jeopardize its position in the non-aligned world by lobbying for the GDR. By using multi-archival sources, this dissertation examines the relations between Yugoslavia and the two Germanies, focusing on their bilateral relations and agency, but also takes into account the broader Cold War context, including superpower interests and Yugoslavia's role as a leading non-aligned country
Through the Lion Gate : a history of the Berlin Zoo by Gary Bruce( )

2 editions published in 2017 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Prezentul trecutului recent : lustraţie şi decomunizare în postcomunism( Book )

1 edition published in 2010 in Romanian and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Resistance in the Soviet Occupied Zone( )

1 edition published in 1997 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

From perpetrator to Cold-War pawn : the atrocities and trial of Heinz Barth by Gary Bruce( )

1 edition published in 2015 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

East Germany by Gary Bruce( )

1 edition published in 2009 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

"In our district, the state is secure" : the East German secret police response to the events of 1989 in Perleberg District by Gary Bruce( )

1 edition published in 2005 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

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The firm : the inside story of the Stasi
Resistance with the people : repression and resistance in Eastern Germany, 1945-1955
Alternative Names
Bruce, Gary 1969-

Bruce, Gary S. 1969-

Bruce, Gary Stuart 1969-