2016 - 19th Annual Steven Galovich Memorial Student Symposium

Presentation Title

DeNazification and Reeducation in Soviet-Occupied Germany, 1945-1949

Student Presenter(s) and Advisor

Elizabeth L. Lakeman, Lake Forest CollegeFollow

Location

Library Basement

Abstract

Eastern Germany, under Soviet military occupation after World War II, experienced intensive purges to root out Nazis from 1946-1948. But beginning in 1947, deNazification began to transform into a process of reeducation to create loyal Communist citizens, with particular attention paid to youths. The end of the 1940’s saw partial power passed to reliable East Germans. My presentation examines the processes of deNazification and reeducation in East Germany, with emphasis on the educational system, youth organizations, and the arts and media. I will discuss how this process contributed to the establishment of the German Democratic Republic in 1949.

Presentation Type

Individual Presentation

Start Date

4-5-2016 9:00 AM

End Date

4-5-2016 10:15 AM

Panel

Unearthing the Past

Panel Moderator

Carol Gayle

Field of Study for Presentation

History

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DeNazification and Reeducation in Soviet-Occupied Germany, 1945-1949

Library Basement

Eastern Germany, under Soviet military occupation after World War II, experienced intensive purges to root out Nazis from 1946-1948. But beginning in 1947, deNazification began to transform into a process of reeducation to create loyal Communist citizens, with particular attention paid to youths. The end of the 1940’s saw partial power passed to reliable East Germans. My presentation examines the processes of deNazification and reeducation in East Germany, with emphasis on the educational system, youth organizations, and the arts and media. I will discuss how this process contributed to the establishment of the German Democratic Republic in 1949.