Background: The GDR appointed agitators to spread its messages
in factories, offices, etc. Often, they maintained Wandzeitungen,
essentially bulletin boards or “wall newspapers” that contained
propaganda, encouragement, and news. To provide them with material, the
Socialist Unity Party (SED) issued a bimonthly publication titled Das aktuelle Bild. This is material on the theme of the 500th anniversary of the birth of Thomas Müntzer.
It was in part an effort to appeal to Christians, suggesting their traditions
were consistent with socialism. 1993 had seen even more elaborate festivities
in honor of Martin Luther.
The material includes the following note to agitators: “Supplement
this material by emphasizing the broad democratic participation
by the workers in the development of social processes in factories
and neighborhoods. That will also help keep your focus on the
forthcoming communal elections. You might also pick a school,
military unit, farm, or other establishment in your county or
town that carries Thomas Müntzer’s name, and thereby is
particularly obligated to emphasize his legacy.”
Source: Das aktuelle Bild, 2/1989
Material on Thomas Müntzer
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||“A strong personality and a revolutionary
who is one of the best that our people has produced.” Erich
||Historical material about Müntzer.
||The artist Klaus Messerschmidt at work on a Müntzer
memorial for Stolberg, his birthplace.
Left: A realized vision of an exploitation-free society: The
united forces of the National Front working together to strengthen
socialism and advance peace.
Center: Many cities in the GDR have memorials to the life
and work of Thomas Müntzer, including churches, palaces,
castles, city halls, and other buildings.
Left: In museums such as the palace at Bad Frankenhausen,
the revolutionary activities of Thomas Müntzer and the early-bourgeois
revolution in Germany are honored.
Bottom: His message remains alive.
A realized vision of an exploitation-free society: Tradesmen and
craftsmen active contributors to policies for the benefit
of the people.
(Our picture: Master shoemaker Jürgen Hübner, member
of the Christian Democratic Union and representative in his city
A realized vision of an exploitation-free society: Collective farmers
collective owners and dependable allies of the working class.
||A realized vision of an exploitation-free society:
The working class Owners of the means of production and the
leading force in socialist society.
the German Propaganda Archive Home Page.