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Von "Antifaschisten" und "neuen Kadern": Sozialbiografische Betrachtungen zu den ersten Kreissekretären der SED in der Region Sachsen (1945-1971)

"Anti-fascists" and "new cadres": sociobiographical analyses of the first district secretaries of the Socialist Unity Party of Germany (GDR) in Saxony (1945-1971)
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Pohlmann, Tilmann

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Abstract "Among the ranks of the SED, the First District Secretaries occupied regional key positions. On the one hand, being actors of the lower coordination points of the Party, they acted as essential catalysts of the centralized will of the Party, on the other hand they held the first contact positions for social- and economy-political feedbacks from the Saxonian districts. The following contribution discusses the social-biographic background of this functional elite. In this context, both its general social profile and marked, cohort-specific internal differentiations will be analysed. In each case, formative patterns of experience from the first part of the 20th century left their marks on the collective biographies of these 'Heads of the District', helping much to stabilize the SED regime until the 1970s." (author's abstract)
Keywords German Democratic Republic (GDR); Socialist Unity Party of Germany (GDR); Saxony; anti-facism; functionary; communist party; domination; biography; social advancement; comparative research; political elite; party; historical analysis; membership; social background; worker; dictatorship; parents; education; cohort analysis; Federal Republic of Germany
Classification General History; Political Process, Elections, Political Sociology, Political Culture; Political System, Constitution, Government
Method qualitative empirical; quantitative empirical; historical
Document language German
Publication Year 2013
Page/Pages p. 109-134
Journal Totalitarismus und Demokratie, 10 (2013) 1
Issue topic Akteure der Diktatur: Regionale Fallstudien zur NS- und SED-Herrschaft
ISSN 1612-9008
Status Published Version; reviewed
Licence Deposit Licence - No Redistribution, No Modifications