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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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The parameters of patriotism

The parameters of patriotism

(p.24) 1 The parameters of patriotism
Honecker’s Children

Anna Saunders

Manchester University Press

This chapter examines the specific parameters of patriotism in post-war Germany and the GDR's patriotic programme of the 1980s. It discusses how the state attempted to play off the evils of the imperialist world against the assets of socialism in order to create what was often referred to as ‘socialism in the colours of the GDR’ and describes how the five distinct elements of patriotic education combined to encourage the formation of a patriotic youth. This chapter suggests that the GDR's patriotic programme was relatively successful given the high membership rates in the Free German Youth (FDJ), the demonstrations of apparent loyalty at national anniversaries and the widespread acceptance of the Jugendweihe.

Keywords:   patriotism, post-war Germany, GDR, socialism, patriotic education, patriotic youth, FDJ, Jugendweihe

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