>>29813 Honecker trying to hold to the power he thought he had until the last second. Russians ruining everything thinking they would fiw everything One single clueless guy ruibing 40 years with just one sentence on TV All the damage control
>>29766 Probably the least repugnant aspect of the DDR was its support of women's liberation in the form of equal pay and parenting. 1953 was the best chance for a DDR, and as Brecht observed, perhaps the government had better had elected another people.
>>30178 Honecker resigned because he was getting old, was tired of Russia interfering in his decisions, the protestation movements in Berlin and Nuremberg were getting more and more support and many rumors were running about how he might open the boundaries. he resigned without any warning so Moscow sent a sockpuppet (Egon Krenz) and during a TV intervention a couple days after he arrived, he dropped the spaghetti. the interviewer asked him about the time there would be more traffic through the boudary and, since he wasn't prepared, he replied without thinking something like "If I'm not mistaken, it should happen right now". he was referring to a looser regulation of controls, everyone misunderstood and that's how, in one night, you had people tearing the wall of Berlin down.
>>29766 I'm glad I was born in West Germany, but you must consider some things: What would have happened if June 17th 1953 would have been successful? A reunited Germany which now wants the Eastern territories back. It's not like the Russians were the only ones who were expansive. The US declined the Stalin note which would settle for a reunited, neutral Germany in favor of expansion. Why have a neutral Germany if you could have the entire Germany anyway soon? Their "magnet theroy" was almost successful because the DDR was much weaker and people wanted to go to the West. To wrap this up, it was shitty living there, but people shouldn't forget that it was an important counterpart.
>>30586 So don't raise the sociological issue and admit that women in East Germany were freer from domestic violence than women in the west. Don't defend the wage slave system in order to smuggle in anti DDR propaganda either.
>>30590 Because the Stasi was infinitely better than its counterparts, mostly because it recieved masive fundings from the USSR since they thought their job would be harder in a country that close to the border with the rest of Europe. Berlin didn't help either.
Interesting thing about the DDR is that it has maintained a consistent influence on East German life to this day. Despite what we may say about the triumph of capitalist liberal democracy, an extraordinarily large percentage of the East German population say they miss the old community spirit of the DDR and still emphasize a lot of what they owe to it to this day (particularly very progressive sex ed classes) the way East Germany votes is still in particular in line with the politics of the era.
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