Background: By 1979, the GDR had a well-developed system of propaganda
with staff at every level. It still had a problem: why after thirty years
of the existence of the GDR did West Germans still not recognize the superiority
of socialism? This is a directive for propagandists at the county level,
giving them arguments to explain this awkward fact.
The source: “Die antikommunistische Grundhaltung der Bürger
der BRD” The original in the library of Stiftung Archiv Parteien
und Massenorganisationen in Berlin. The call number: E 159-78, 13a.
of West German Citizens
SED County Office Rochlitz
In his speech to the county first secretaries, Comrade Erich
Honecker noted that we cannot ignore the anti-communist attitudes
of the larger part of the citizens of the West Germany. Since
then, many citizens of our county are asking: “Is that also
true of our relatives?”
Several comrades have asked: “Is that also true of the
West German working class? How can that be, since we always say
that it is the most revolutionary class?”
The DKP [the West German Communist Party]
states: “The decisive force in the struggle against big capital is
the working class.
Objectively seen, the working class is and remains the most
revolutionary force in the struggle against imperialism. However,
it must be conscious of its role, and must be capable of fulfilling
However, as we read in the platform of the DKP:
“Under the sharpening crisis, reactionary forces and
cultural win growing influence through big capital’s manipulation
of public opinion. It seeks to disorient people, to conceal the
fundamental contradiction between their interests and those of
big capital, and to make authoritarian forms of rule look more
Democratic forces in radio, television, newspapers, and publishing
are increasingly restricted. The mass media increasingly spread
anti-communism, nationalism, and other reactionary ideas, promote
an inhumane view of mankind, justify and exalt outdated social
conditions, and distort history.”
This manipulation of opinion and the “politics and ideology
of the right-wing Social Democratic leaders, who defend the capitalist
system and subordinate the interests of working people to big
capital, and who deepen the split in the working class by their
anti-communism” leads to a broad crisis on the part of West
Germany’s citizens. It is a central reason for their anti-communist
Manipulation has reached a certain level of perfection in
West Germany. It is used to keep people from socialist ideas
and progressive thinking, and to strengthen anti-communist agitation.
Let us look at the West German reality. The notorious anti-communist
Bild Zeitung along spreads hatred and slanders in a daily
edition of seven million, and is read by at least 15 million
West German citizens,
That explains why our relatives from West Germany say things
that sound absurd or narrow-minded.
They feel endangered by a “red threat,” consider
communists and terrorists to be identical, and claim that there
is neither freedom nor democracy under socialism. The class consciousness
of many West Germans has been distorted. Many follow those who,
objectively seen, are their enemies.
That is shown by the anti-communist attitudes of many West
They usually don’t show that in an overtly hostile way while
visiting the GDR, rather display the previously mentioned narrow-mindedness.
That, too, is a reason for the anti-communist attitudes of many
The energetic and blind anti-communism of aggressive German
imperialism has increased since socialism has dealt it some strategic
The GDR, as a firm part of the socialist community of nations,
is a bulwark against its expansionist lust. That is another reason
why it cannot accept the GDR’s existence.
West Germany was established by the most reactionary circles
of the German monopoly bourgeoisie and US imperialism as a “bulwark”
of anti-communism against the people, against social progress,
and against the advance of socialism in Germany and Europe.
West Germany was established not only as an anti-communist
bulwark, but also as a base for rolling back socialism.
The conjunction of anti-communism and Revisionism has led
West Germany to particularly extreme manifestations of the Cold
Thus, today the phrase of the “German Reich” as
a “contemporary government reality” is propagated in
order to keep the German Question “open.”
That is another reason why Bonn will not recognize the citizenship
of GDR the GDR’s people, and why it wants to extend the reach
of the West German Basic Law to the territory of the German Reich
of 1939, and why it won’t extradite the double murderer Weinhold.
After all, he was acquitted by a “German court!”
Anti-communism has been the center of the ideology and policy
of the ruling capitalist forces for several generations.
From Bismarck’s social laws to the Weimar Republic and the fascist murder
squads, they have slandered and persecuted socialists and communists.
It ranges from the banning of the KPD [the
precursor of the German Communist Party] and the ban on
communists working for the state,
Neo-Fascism is returning as well. They are allowed to gather
and great the Fascist poison in millions of copies. They attack
the new and progressive forces.
West German Chancellor Schmidt even thinks: “German democracy can
survive an occasional swastika!”
To maintain its class dictatorship, the West German monopoly
bourgeoisie controls a powerful ideological system that has been
built up over centuries. It has monopoly control over the theoretical
institutions, which spread lies and slanders against the GDR.
It controls and misuses the educational system and has an enormous
apparatus of modern mass media to use for anti-communist manipulation.
All this influences the thinking and actions of West Germans.
Over 90% of them, for example, voted for anti-communist parties
in the last parliamentary elections.
We therefore need to do everything we can to help West German
visitors leave the GDR politically wiser than they were when
Our most effective way to demonstrate the absurdity of anti-communism
is to increase the attractiveness of socialism and to demonstrate its
values and advantages to the entire world, above all by fulfilling our
main task, the unity of economic and social policy.
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