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Honecker’s ChildrenYouth and Patriotism in East(ern) Germany, 1979–2002$
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Anna Saunders

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780719074110

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: July 2012

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719074110.001.0001

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Introduction: Honecker’s Germany – a world of the past?

Introduction: Honecker’s Germany – a world of the past?

(p.1) Introduction: Honecker’s Germany – a world of the past?
Honecker’s Children

Anna Saunders

Manchester University Press

This introductory chapter discusses the theme of this volume, which is about youth patriotism in the GDR. It examines the relationship between young East(ern) Germans and two German states (the GDR and post-unification Germany) during a period of unique change and explores the extent to which each state has attempted to form a young generation loyal to its image and ideology, and how, in turn, young people have responded. It also investigates the loyalties of young people before and after unification in equal measure and considers the government's educational programmes to promote patriotism.

Keywords:   youth patriotism, GDR, Eastern Germans, post-unification Germany, educational programmes

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