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The Death of the KPD: Communism and Anti-Communism in West Germany, 1945-1956

Patrick Major

Abstract

Why was the West German Communist Party banned in 1956, only 11 years after it had emerged from Nazi persecution? Although politically weak, the post-war party was in fact larger than its Weimar predecessor and initially dominated works councils at the Ruhr pits and Hamburg docks, as well as the steel giant, Krupp. Under the control of East Berlin, however, the KPD was sent off on a series of overambitious and flawed campaigns to promote national unification and prevent West German rearmament. At th ... More

Keywords: West German Communist Party, German Democratic Republic, West Germany, Krupp, Cold War, national unification, rearmament, works councils

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1998 Print ISBN-13: 9780198206934
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198206934.001.0001

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Patrick Major, author
Warwick University
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