Federal and state curricula not only determine much of what is taught in school, they also reveal what is important to political and cultural leaders and ultimately help shape a country's narrative. This article examines how the GDR currently is addressed in history and literature curricula for the Oberstufe. While state history curricula consistently require coverage of the GDR, literature curricula vary widely, with a few states clearly including GDR literature and many states completely omitting it. If GDR literature is ignored in state curricula, it risks being ignored in the classroom, limiting student understanding of the GDR to historical facts and depriving them of an opportunity to better understand both past and current German society.
Elizabeth Priester Steding
In order to situate the current debate on whether the Federal Commission for the Files of the State Security Service of the former German Democratic Republic (the Stasi Archive) should cease to be an autonomous institution in the larger context, this article traces the history of the Stasi Archive and of the Stasi Files Law since 1989. Key to understanding the Stasi Archive and access to its files is the 1989 revolution which saw demonstrators demand access to information gathered by the secret police. Although the research quasimonopoly that the Stasi Archive enjoys would be ended by integration into the federal archives, file access for Stasi victims-the raison d'être of the archive-would be jeopardized. Calls for the dismantling of the Stasi archive are, therefore, premature. Some criticism can be directed at the vetting and trial process in East Germany since 1989, but it is important to remember that the Stasi Archive acted only in a support capacity for those activities.
This article analyzes the evolution of sexual politics and cultures in post-unification Germany, tracing these through three stages. First is the more immediate aftermath, in the early to mid 1990s, of ostalgische consternation over the loss of what Easterners understood to be the special qualities of GDR sexual culture, analyzing this consternation in the context of the—mutually conflicting—fantasies that Easterners and Westerners had about each other, replete with Easterners' ideas about how capitalism deforms interhuman interactions and Westerners' ideas about the deformations caused by totalitarian surveillance. A second stage runs from the mid 1990s through to the early twenty-first century, and includes both the convergence between East and West on the governmental policy level and the growing similarities identified in Easterners' and Westerners' sexual habits and mores. The third stage concerns the more recent past of the last five years and emphasizes the paradoxical coexistence of, on the one hand, strong commitment (on both the governmental and popular levels) to liberal values of individual sexual self-determination and toleration of diversity and a general sex-positive climate with, on the other, tremendous anxiety about the rise of European Islam (with its purportedly intrinsic hostility to both homosexuality and female sexual independence) and about the precipitous decline of the German birthrate. Attention is also paid to the newest policy directions with regard to adolescent sexuality and age of consent laws, abortion access, and disability rights.
Myra Marx Ferree, Jeffrey Luppes, Randall Newnham, David Freis, David N. Coury, Carol Hager and Angelika von Wahl
credentials as a politically influential businessman in West Germany. But, she also details the Stasi files exposing the role of the German Democratic Republic ( gdr ) secret police in creating conduits between the raf and armed fighters in the Middle East
Jonathan Bach, Heather L. Dichter, Kirkland Alexander Fulk, Alexander Wochnik, Wilko Graf von Hardenberg and Carol Hager
effectively establish a memory regime for the German Democratic Republic ( gdr ) have sealed its fate? Jon Berndt Olsen’s original new book, Tailoring Truth , provides compelling evidence for such an argument. The East German Communist Party ( sed ) had a
Pegida and the Rise of Cultural Nationalism
David N. Coury
under the motto “Wir sind das Volk” (We are the People), which referenced the anti-German Democratic Republic ( gdr ) Monday demonstrations in Leipzig in 1989 and 1990 that led, in part, to the fall of the East German regime. The group’s anti
Pegida’s Community Building and Discursive Strategies
.5 percent in the working-class suburb of Gorbitz. Her campaign slogan was “Klar zur Wende!” (All clear for the turnaround) linking back to the successful 1989 mass protests in the German Democratic Republic ( gdr ) that led to the downfall of the repressive
Jeffrey Luppes, Klaus Berghahn, Meredith Heiser-Duron, Sara Jones and Marcus Colla
Sara Jones, Modern Languages, University of Birmingham Germany’s approach to working through the German Democratic Republic ( gdr ) past has often been considered exemplary. And yet it has not been without controversy, particularly when it comes to the
Eugenia Gay, Philipp Nielsen, Emanuel Richter and Gregor Feindt
communist parties. The author analyzes socialist ideology from a transnational and bottom-up perspective. He studies debates within the communist parties of Poland, Czechoslovakia, and the German Democratic Republic (GDR) and inquires into the dynamics of
Klaus Berghahn, Russell Dalton, Jason Verber, Robert Tobin, Beverly Crawford and Jeffrey Luppes
assembles twelve historians to look back on the social and societal history of the German Democratic Republic ( gdr ). While suggesting they will explore whether the gdr was a totalitarian state that continued the experience of the Third Reich, the