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The People's State: East German Society from Hitler to Honecker Hardcover – January 2, 2006
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She accesses reams of archives of both citizen communications with the East German government and analytic reports written by government officials. What emerges in a fascinating take on the real world behind the Wall. Clearly East Germany was no democracy, but party functionaries and bureaucrats were clearly interested in ascertaining the views of the public and, up to a point, trying to satisfy their demands. Rather than the harsh dictatorship or socialist utopia, something in between emerges. The GDR provided a predictable mediocrity for its citizens for more than four decades until the government simply could no longer satisfy consumer demands nor resist the demand for political freedom.
After World War II, Nazi Germany was divided into two new German states, a pro-American West Germany and a pro-Soviet East Germany called the German Democratic Republic, GDR.Read more ›
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I spent some time in the GDR (aka East Germany) in the '70s, and found some useful information here, all of it right on track. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Ruth S.
A reasoned and realistic presentation of factors that led to the development of the DDR (East Germany) without excusing the oppression of its people.Published on March 2, 2014 by Dave Hedeen