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October 1989–October 1990: the rise and fall of a GDR identity

Anna Saunders

in Honecker’s Children

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print January 2011 | ISBN: 9780719074110
Published online July 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781781703014 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7228/manchester/9780719074110.003.0004
October 1989–October 1990: the rise and fall of a GDR identity

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This chapter explores the ways in which young people revised their loyalties towards the GDR and the Federal Republic of Germany (FRG) during the period from October 1989 to October 1990. It analyses how loyalty to each state developed in the absence of any officially sponsored patriotic programme. The analysis indicates that the relationship of young people towards the GDR and the future of Germany over this single year was far from constant, reflecting the social and political turbulence of the time. The result also suggests that young East Germans' patriotic attachments and sense of national identity during this period appeared at their weakest at the very moment when the official German nation was supposedly celebrating its greatest triumph.

Keywords: young people; GDR; FRG; loyalty; patriotic programme; patriotic attachments; national identity

Chapter.  11777 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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