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Youth Politics in East GermanyThe Free German Youth Movement 1946-1968$
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Alan McDougall

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780199276271

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199276271.001.0001

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The FDJ and the Liberal Interlude in Youth Policy, 1963–1965

The FDJ and the Liberal Interlude in Youth Policy, 1963–1965

(p.153) 4 The FDJ and the Liberal Interlude in Youth Policy, 1963–1965
Youth Politics in East Germany


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The construction of the Berlin Wall provided the SED leadership with much-needed breathing space to continue the project of building socialism in the GDR. But the improved living standards that now seemed feasible without the threat of Republikflucht required greater productivity, which in turn required not only economic reforms but also a more widespread relaxation of the SED dictatorship. Reforming the party's youth policy, and particularly the FDJ's role in it, constituted an integral part of this process. This chapter focuses on the period 1963-1965, when Walter Ulbricht initiated a reform programme for the FDJ.

Keywords:   Berlin Wall, Republikflucht, socialism, youth policy

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