Double Spy is my autobiography as a double agent in East Germany and the Netherlands, from March 1967 to September 1970. While I visited a young woman in Chemnitz, two men approached her, wanting to see me. Soon after, we spoke, and they recruited me as a spy for the HVA (intelligence service of the Ministry of State Security, the STASI).
Back in the Netherlands, I immediately reported to the BVD, which ‘took me over’. I was only 27 at the time. I had no formal education, and the officers in the HVA—“the People’s Army”—were high school graduates, having only attended a ‘college’ to become a spy. The ‘officers’ were not capable enough to question me with much success. Their weak attempt to drink me under the table failed miserably, thanks to my epilepsy medication.