Prof Goddeeris presents his book "Spying for communism"

Hall of the Embassy of Poland
Picture kept at the Instytut Pamięci Narodowej, Warsaw Picture kept at the Instytut Pamięci Narodowej, Warsaw
Professor Idesbald Gooddeeris (KU Leuven) will present his recently published book "Spioneren voor het communisme. Poolse geheim agenten en Belgische prominenten" (Spying for communism. Polish secret agents and belgian important personalities) in the Embassy of Poland. This is the first scientific publication about espionage in Belgium during the Cold War. It is an interesting analysis of a badly known world. The presentation will be held in Polish.

>>> Who is professor Idesbald Goddeeris
>>> Read more about the book
>>> Practical information
>>> Find some articles about the book at the bottom of this page (in Dutch)

Spying for communism
Secret services such as the KGB, the Stasi and Securitate all appeal to our imagination. This book is about the Polish UB/SB, the communist secret service with the best preserved and most accessible archive. Idesbald Goddeeris used thousands of documents related to Belgium for the first scientific publication on espionage in Belgium during the Cold War. At the same time, he brings a personal story of 10 years between these grimy but intriguing sources.

Goddeeris confirms previous presumptions. The Embassy of Poland in Brussels was used for harbouring intelligence officers. They manipulated in Belgium migrants, journalistsm diplomats and politicians. Some collaborated and were lavishly rewarded. But the author draws as well totally different conclusions. He shows that the UB/SB was not an efficient machinery. The files were full of irrelevant and false information. The agents looked at the world through their own prism and were obsessed by the and alcohol use of their targets. The secret service was a factory for gossiping.

Idesbald Goddeeris
Idesbald Goddeeris (1972) is professor and teaches subjects on transnational and colonial history. In 2009 he was a visiting fellow at the London School of Economics and he was also a visiting professor at the universities of Cracow, Warsaw, Delhi, Mumbai, Kinshasa and Irkutsk. He is a senior member of the Leuven Centre for Global Governance Studies. His research is situated in the history of migration, the Cold War and the relation between different cultures. He is specially interested in Poland.

>>> La Grande emigration polonaise en Belgique (1831-1870). Elites et masses en exil à l'époque romantique, Frankfurt: Peter Lang, 2013
>>> Solidarity with Solidarity: Western European trade unions and the Polish crisis, 1980-1982, Lanham: Lexington, 2010, 2013
>>> Een geschiedenis van Polen: de strijd van de witte adelaar, Leuven: Acco, 2000,2005, 2011 (with Louis Vos)
>>> Migration and Europeanisation: changing identities and values among Polish pendulum migrants and their Belgian employers, Krakow: Nomos, 2009 (with M. Galent en D. Niedzwiedzki)
>>> De Poolse migratie in België 1945-1950: politieke mobilisatie en sociale differentiatie, Amsterdam: Aksant, 2005
>>> Polonia belgijska w pierwszych latach po II wojnie swiatowej, Warszawa: Semper, 2005

Practical information

>>> Hall of the Embassy of Poland (Av. des Gaullois 29, 1040 Brussels) - see map
>>> Monday 18 November 2013 at 19:00, followed by a reception
>>> free (book your seat via

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