Wilhelm Stieber

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Stieber, Wilhelm


Born 1818; died 1882. Prussian police official.

Stieber was head of the Prussian political police from 1850 to 1860. Using forgery and provocation, he organized the trial of a group of participants in the Silesian weavers’ uprising of 1844, accusing them of forming a “communist conspiracy”; he also organized a trial of members of the Communist League (seeCOLOGNE COMMUNIST TRIAL OF 1852). Stieber was one of the authors of the slanderous book Communist Plots of the 19th Century (1853–54).


Marx, K. “Razoblacheniia o KePnskom protsesse kommunistov.” In K. Marx and F. Engels, Soch., 2nd ed., vol. 8.
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The main characters for the anarchists and populists include Louise Michel, 'Stepniak' (Sergei Kravchinsky), Nicholas Chaikovsky, Peter Kropotkin, Errico Malatesta, Elisee Relcus, Johann Most, Emma Goldman and the indefinable aristocratic, loaded newshound, 'chancer' and anti-Semite the Marquis Henri de Rochefort-Lucay, and for their police adversaries, the ur-political policeman, Colonel Wilhelm Stieber of the Prussian police and Russian Third Section involvement, Peter Rachkovsky (of the Okhrana), William Melville (of British Special Branch), Allan Pinkerton (of the self-same American private agency) and a host of Belgian, French and Italian colleagues.