The Production of “Official Memory” in East Germany: Old Communists and the Dilemmas of Memoir-Writing

@article{Epstein1999ThePO,
  title={The Production of “Official Memory” in East Germany: Old Communists and the Dilemmas of Memoir-Writing},
  author={C. Epstein},
  journal={Central European History},
  year={1999},
  volume={32},
  pages={181-201}
}
  • C. Epstein
  • Published 1999
  • Political Science
  • Central European History
In East Germany, official memory was reputedly embodied in Old Communists, those men and women who had joined the German Communist Party (KPD) before Hitler's rise to power in 1933. After 1945, the Socialist Unity Party (SED), East Germany's ruling party, exploited the tragic experiences of Old Communists during the Third Reich—exile, resistance, and concentration–camp incarceration—to foster a triumphant official memory of heroic, Communist-led antifascist struggle. Intended to legitimate the… Expand
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