She was studying abroad; they thought she was a spy

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She was studying abroad; they thought she was a spy

Romanian secret police tracked U.S. researcher
In “My Life as a Spy: Investigations in a Secret Police File,” Katherine Verdery recounts her experience as an American anthropologist in Romania during the Cold War, and how, years later, she discovered the Romanian government believed she was a spy.
A man who refused to be identified reads a communist-era secret police file at the headquarters of the National Council for the Study of Securitate Archives in Bucharest, Romania. Some 70 informants and spies secretly recorded the life of Katherine Verdery, now an anthropology professor in New York, when she worked periodically as an anthropology graduate in Communist Romania.

She was studying abroad; they thought she was a spy

In “My Life as a Spy: Investigations in a Secret Police File,” Katherine Verdery recounts her experience as an American anthropologist in Romania during the Cold War, and how, years later, she discovered the Romanian government believed she was a spy.
A man who refused to be identified reads a communist-era secret police file at the headquarters of the National Council for the Study of Securitate Archives in Bucharest, Romania. Some 70 informants and spies secretly recorded the life of Katherine Verdery, now an anthropology professor in New York, when she worked periodically as an anthropology graduate in Communist Romania.

She was studying abroad; they thought she was a spy

The Romanian government’s file on Katherine Verdery, an American anthropologist and professor, was nearly 3,000 pages long, and included images shot by secret cameras and information provided by ordinary people she’d thought of as friends.

She was studying abroad; they thought she was a spy

Romanian military staff prepare to unload files of Romania’s former communist regime’s Securitate secret police from a truck at the headquarters of the National Council for Studying the Securitate Archives in Leordeni, Romania. Some 70 informants and spies secretly recorded the life of Katherine Verdery, now an anthropology professor, when she worked periodically as an anthropology graduate in Communist Romania.