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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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Young people of the 1980s: a generation of loyal patriots?

Young people of the 1980s: a generation of loyal patriots?

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Honecker’s Children

Anna Saunders

Manchester University Press

This chapter characterizes youth identity in the GDR during the 1980s. It evaluates the extent to which young people in the 1980s accepted and rejected the Socialist Unity Party's (SED) patriotic programme and examines the way in which patriotic behaviour evolved during this decade in the face of intensified propaganda. The analysis reveals that identity formation amongst young people in the GDR was clearly a complex and multi-faceted phenomenon and that in many ways, it was the elements outside state control which gained most influence over young people's attitudes.

Keywords:   youth identity, GDR, SED, patriotic programme, identity formation, young people

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