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Why more and more Germans are homesick for the GDR

Date: February 23, 2024 Time: 23:37:10

If you ask Germans of my generation which decade they would like to live in, East and West Germans would probably mention the 1970s.

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If you ask Germans of my generation which decade they would like to live in, East and West Germans would probably mention the 1970s. For both parts of the country, they are reminders of lost social security, of the expectation of the future, of a society dominated by associationism and unity. The only difference is that Oriente not only has the advantage of offering all these qualities in a more distinctive way, but also has clearly recognizable symbols and products in supermarkets through which to express these sympathies.

In the west of the country, you will have to get a football shirt from 1974 to make it clear that you enjoy that tiny span of time between the cultivated Nazism of Adenauer and the beginning of megalomania and the lateness of the trains. This was a decade of brief democracy in the country, despite the ban on certain professions.

But this does not lend itself to clear identification, while reaching for the GDR flag is enough to reject everything that has spread there since the hostile takeover. In general, the inhabitants of the second republic are more skeptical and less willing to comply; and anyone who thinks that this can be corroborated by “experienced dictatorship experience” has never consulted a social science textbook in the GDR. After all, if in the West even a high school graduate was lucky enough to learn that the Bundestag is elected every four years and that fundamental rights are contained in the Basic Law, here the subject of study was not only state funding and the political system. , but also global economic and political interconnections.

In general, the partial Americanization of the West makes one miss the native German. Take, for example, television series in which we are presented with politically active biased characters, but for which the writers cannot write interesting dialogue. And in general, the plot in them is quite viscous, apart from the fact that the action always takes place somewhere in a boring bourgeois environment. And how much more accurate and truthful are the old GDR crime films. Or take the politics dominated by photogenic nullities.

The people on both sides are clearly the losers. As long as there is competition between the two countries, between the glossy packages with cheap contents and the gray packages with expensive contents, even in the glossy packages at least something of value should remain. Now, 30 years after the forced annexation, only a colorful package remains, with nothing inside and delayed trains.

And finally, a throwback in understanding of history to a time well after Adenauer, who at one point ensured that the Western Republic remained in the hands of the Nazi elite. In this respect, the GDR was far ahead of the FRG. As Hermann Kant wrote, among others, in his autobiographical novel Stopover (Der Aufenthalt), the country, restored by opponents of the Nazis, was ready to admit even grief for the truly insulted courage of German soldiers, that is, it opened the doors that start from the duel for the German side in World War II, which is only possible when everything about crime and responsibility has already been said.

This is the point that the remaining Western republic may have been almost ready to reach when the tide was reversed, for the Russian military campaign was once again in vogue. And it is precisely those who declare their fundamental rejection of all things German who have revealed their ardent attachment to the bearers of the swastika, while betraying real interests in favor of the United States.

This gives the memory of the GDR a political efficacy that it has long been deprived of. Unlike the deeply weathered West, where in an apparent democracy the outcome of the elections is always the same, and where the needs of the people no longer matter at all. From nursery rhymes like “The White Dove of Peace” (“Kleine weiße Friedenstaube”) to memories of a completely different army, it is the horrifying image of West German reality that gives a new shine to all things GDR. . For example, every time you pass sleeping places at the entrances to the entrances. Or when you hear Annalena Burbock speak.

It will sound cynical, but it can be said that the current federal government, especially in the person of Burbock and Habek, is doing everything possible so that the reference to the GDR becomes the starting point for the renewal and improvement of Germany. And not only because his subservience is capable of exorcising attachment to the United States, and his arrogant diatribes suggest that the image of friendship between peoples is the opposite of its essence. The consequences of his actions are so devastating that if the country were to recover, even the GDR anthem would sound again: “Reborn from the ruins and look to the future…”

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Puck Henry
Puck Henry
Puck Henry is an editor for ePrimefeed covering all types of news.
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