Remembering National Socialism in the German Democratic Republic

David Clarke

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This chapter outlines the official politics of memory in the German Democratic Republic (GDR) in relation to National Socialism. It charts the development of antifascist memory in the GDR and discusses the relationship between the commemoration of the antifascist resistance struggle and the ruling Socialist Unity Party claim to legitimate power. It seeks to situate antifascist memory within the GDR’s official memory politics more generally and discusses the relationship between this official memory and the ways in which ordinary GDR citizens interpreted Germany’s history. The place of the Holocaust in the GDR’s official politics of memory is also discussed. Finally, the chapter examines the controversy surrounding the antifascist legacy of the GDR in post-unification Germany.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationA Companion to Nazi Germany
EditorsChris Szejnmann, Shelley Baranowski , Armin Nolzen
Place of PublicationLondon
Number of pages15
ISBN (Electronic)9781118936894
ISBN (Print)978-1118936887
Publication statusPublished - 6 Apr 2018

Publication series

NameWiley Blackwell Companions to World History


  • Anti-fascism
  • German Democratic Republic
  • Holocaust
  • Memory politics
  • National Socialism
  • Resistance

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Arts and Humanities(all)


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