Conclusion: death of the GDR – rebirth of an eastern 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:
Conclusion: death of the GDR – rebirth of an eastern identity?

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This chapter sums up the key findings of this study on youth patriotism in the GDR. The attitudes of young east Germans exemplify the unease that surrounds the expression of patriotic pride in contemporary Germany even though they often have little personal memory of divided Germany and none of national socialism. Individuals' personal experiences of employment, and education or military service have proved more influential in their assessment of each state than any official rhetoric or propaganda.

Keywords: youth patriotism; GDR; patriotic pride; divided Germany; national socialism; personal experiences; education; military service

Chapter.  5542 words. 

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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