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The Death of the KPDCommunism and Anti-Communism in West Germany, 1945-1956$
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Patrick Major

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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Sammlungspolitik in the Wilderness The KPD’s Extra-Parliamentary Campaigns

Sammlungspolitik in the Wilderness The KPD’s Extra-Parliamentary Campaigns

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(p.115) 4 Sammlungspolitik in the Wilderness The KPD’s Extra-Parliamentary Campaigns
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The Death of the KPD
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Patrick Major

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198206934.003.0005

This chapter discusses the efforts of the Kommunistische Partei Deutschlands (KPD) to establish political alliances outside parliament in West Germany. It argues that the KPD failed to take advantage of the rearmament issue to alter the political allegiance of voters. Based on an analysis of the 1953 Bundestag, it is clear that the KPD was not able to use any remilitarization to its advantage. And despite the instrumentalization of the KPD leadership's initiatives, there were undoubtedly loyal pacifists among the party's campaigners.

Keywords:   1953 Bundestag, political alliances, parliament, remilitarization, pacifism

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