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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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Conclusion: death of the GDR – rebirth of an eastern identity?

Conclusion: death of the GDR – rebirth of an eastern identity?

(p.220) 5 Conclusion: death of the GDR – rebirth of an eastern identity?
Honecker’s Children

Anna Saunders

Manchester University Press

This chapter sums up the key findings of this study on youth patriotism in the GDR. The attitudes of young east Germans exemplify the unease that surrounds the expression of patriotic pride in contemporary Germany even though they often have little personal memory of divided Germany and none of national socialism. Individuals' personal experiences of employment, and education or military service have proved more influential in their assessment of each state than any official rhetoric or propaganda.

Keywords:   youth patriotism, GDR, patriotic pride, divided Germany, national socialism, personal experiences, education, military service

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