Additions, with occasional commentary, to my on-line collection of propaganda from Nazi Germany and the German Democratic Republic
Cheers, Randall, what an interesting find. Striking in retrospect how much time the East Bloc devoted to “making the record” for future historians who, it turns out, never gave a damn and never will. Similar obsolescence was the fate of 50% of my undergrad curriculum (BA Russian and East European Studies UNC Chapel Hill 1988), at least what scrutinized command economics and social policy therein
I feel that the explanations for the Wall are on their face ridiculous. How would one tiny wall in the middle of Berlin somehow prevent the West from their supposed aggression?
Well, it was a little more nuanced. The purpose wasn’t to protect against NATO tanks crossing into East Berlin, but rather, it was claimed, to stop Western scoundrels from entering the GDR for subversive purposes. It also stopped Eastern Germans from taking jobs in the West.
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