Background: The FDJ, or Free German Youth, was the official youth group of the GDR. Nearly everyone belonged. These pictures come from a book reviewing the FDJ’s activities between 1976 and 1980.
The source: Vom X. zum XI. Parlament der Freien Deutschen Jugend. übersicht zur Arbeit der Freien Deutschen Jugend in den Jahren 1976 bis 1980 sowie zu den Arbeits- und Lebensbedingungen der Jugend in der DDR(Berlin: Verlag Junge Welt, 1981).
|This is a scene from the 10th congress of the FDJ in 1976. Egon Krenz, the FDJ head, is standing next to Erich Honecker.|
|A mass night gathering in Berlin. The slogan in the background reads: “The GDR: Our Socialist Fatherland.”|
|This shows a gathering of youth from the Soviet Union and the GDR.|
|This is a torchlight parade down Unter den Linden in Berlin.|
|One of the goals of the FDJ was to build solidarity with the developing world. Here we have members of the FDJ meeting with Third World counterparts.|
|The slogan here says: “Free German Youth: The fighting reserve of the SED.” The point was that the FDJ was the source of new members for the SED.|
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