Author Peter van Wermeskerken's Autobiography Tells of His Life as a Spy

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"I was a double agent in East Germany and the Netherlands from 1967 to 1970. While visiting a young woman in Chemnitz, two men approached and recruited me as a spy for the HVA, or the STASI."

Peter van Wermeskerken's "Double Spy"

My story celebrates how happy and thankful we should be to live in a free country.

"Back in the Netherlands, I reported to the BVD, which also recruited me. I was only 27 and had no formal education. Anyone trying to drink me under the table failed miserably, thanks to my epilepsy medication! My book reveals how unhappy people are living under dictatorship. My story celebrates how happy and thankful we should be to live in a free country," says author Peter van Wermeskerken.

"Following threats from Berlin, my wife convinced me to leave spying behind following our son’s birth. Since then, my name has only surfaced in the STASI archives, but no place else," the author concludes.

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DOUBLE SPY (ISBN: 978-1-62857-021-2) is now available for $13.97 and can be ordered through the publisher’s website: or at www(dot)amazon(dot)com or www(dot)barnesandnoble(dot)com.

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About the Author: Peter van Wermeskerken was 14 when his father asked him to help report for his local newspaper. He was co-winner in an essay contest on agricultural cooperative in the EEC (1960). He worked at various newspapers before joining the New Zeister Courant in 1965, succeeding his dad. In 1970, he went to Algemeen Dagblad newspaper at Rotterdam, where he specialized in reporting on energy and the economy. In 1989, he was appointed to the chief economic desk. Since 2008, he and his wife have lived in Uelsen, Germany.

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