‘All over the world Jehovah's Witnesses are the touchstone for the existence of true democracy’: Persecution of a religious minority in the German Democratic Republic

@article{Dirksen2006AllOT,
  title={‘All over the world Jehovah's Witnesses are the touchstone for the existence of true democracy’: Persecution of a religious minority in the German Democratic Republic},
  author={Hans Hermann Dirksen},
  journal={Religion, State \& Society},
  year={2006},
  volume={34},
  pages={127 - 143}
}
  • H. Dirksen
  • Published 1 June 2006
  • History
  • Religion, State & Society
Following the breakdown of the Third Reich and the dividing up of Germany by the Allied forces, the eastern section of Germany, excluding the capital Berlin, became the Soviet Occupation Zone (SOZ). A clash between communist atheists and Christian believers was clearly on the horizon. The Potsdam Agreement of 1945 guaranteed freedom of religion and respect for religious organisations, and this related to the eastern section of Germany as well.' When the German Democratic Republic (GDR) was… 
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