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Behind the Berlin Wall: East Germany and the Frontiers of Power

Patrick Major

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
February 2010
ISBN:
9780199243280
eISBN:
9780191714061
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199243280.001.0001
Subject:
History, European Modern History

Few historical changes occur literally overnight, but on 13 August 1961 18 million East Germans awoke to find themselves walled in by an edifice which was to become synonymous with the Cold War: the ... More


The FDJ and the Building of the Berlin Wall

ALAN McDOUGALL

in Youth Politics in East Germany: The Free German Youth Movement 1946-1968

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
January 2010
ISBN:
9780199276271
eISBN:
9780191706028
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199276271.003.0004
Subject:
History, European Modern History

The FDJ's transformation into a ‘socialist youth organization’ in April 1957 finally resolved the identity crisis that had clouded its existence during the previous eighteen months. Freed from the ... More


After the Wall

Pertti Ahonen

in Death at the Berlin Wall

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
May 2011
ISBN:
9780199546305
eISBN:
9780191725036
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199546305.003.0009
Subject:
History, Political History

This final chapter offers reflections on the way in which the Berlin Wall's legacies have been addressed in post-unification Germany in general and Berlin in particular. The chapter argues that the ... More


The East–West clash at its peak

Pertti Ahonen

in Death at the Berlin Wall

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
May 2011
ISBN:
9780199546305
eISBN:
9780191725036
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199546305.003.0003
Subject:
History, Political History

This chapter covers the timespan between August–September 1961 and the period around the first anniversary of the Wall's construction in late summer 1962. During this time, the Cold War East–West ... More


The Wall and its victims in the 1970s

Pertti Ahonen

in Death at the Berlin Wall

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
May 2011
ISBN:
9780199546305
eISBN:
9780191725036
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199546305.003.0007
Subject:
History, Political History

This chapter addresses the 1970s, a period characterized by a continuation of key trends rooted in the previous decade. In the West, accommodation with the Berlin Wall and national division advanced. ... More


The Wall dead and the rise of détente

Pertti Ahonen

in Death at the Berlin Wall

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
May 2011
ISBN:
9780199546305
eISBN:
9780191725036
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199546305.003.0006
Subject:
History, Political History

This chapter follows the advance of détente into the late 1960s, a formative period that set enduring patterns. The partial relaxation of Cold War tensions had divergent effects in the two Germanys. ... More


The Wall comes tumbling down

Pertti Ahonen

in Death at the Berlin Wall

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
May 2011
ISBN:
9780199546305
eISBN:
9780191725036
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199546305.003.0008
Subject:
History, Political History

This chapter covers the 1980s, culminating in the ‘fall’ of the Wall and the GDR's subsequent collapse. It argues, however, that the collapse was not easily foreseeable and that the GDR appeared to ... More


Walled in: 13 August 1961

Patrick Major

in Behind the Berlin Wall: East Germany and the Frontiers of Power

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
February 2010
ISBN:
9780199243280
eISBN:
9780191714061
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199243280.003.0005
Subject:
History, European Modern History

Traces local responses by East Germans to Sunday the Thirteenth—13 August 1961—the day the Berlin Wall was erected. Initial reactions were stunned, but the prohibition of visits from West Berliners ... More


The Western Secret Services and the Wall

Paul Maddrell

in Spying on Science: Western Intelligence in Divided Germany 1945-1961

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
January 2010
ISBN:
9780199267507
eISBN:
9780191708404
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199267507.003.0010
Subject:
History, European Modern History

This chapter discusses the tactics imposed by the DDR and the USSR to close the border. It explains that Khrushchev stopped the flight of refugees and the subversive work of the Western secret ... More


The Wall goes up

Pertti Ahonen

in Death at the Berlin Wall

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
May 2011
ISBN:
9780199546305
eISBN:
9780191725036
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199546305.003.0002
Subject:
History, Political History

This chapter begins with the erection of the Wall on 13 August 1961 and moves on to analyse the ways in which the barrier was promptly instrumentalized for political purposes by both Germanys. It ... More


Escape tunnels, death, and the commemoration of the GDR's hero-victims

Pertti Ahonen

in Death at the Berlin Wall

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
May 2011
ISBN:
9780199546305
eISBN:
9780191725036
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199546305.003.0005
Subject:
History, Political History

The central event explored in this chapter is the large-scale tunnel escape from East to West Berlin in early October 1964 that claimed the life of the GDR border guard Egon Schultz. Extrapolating ... More


Hero-victims of the Socialist frontier

Pertti Ahonen

in Death at the Berlin Wall

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
May 2011
ISBN:
9780199546305
eISBN:
9780191725036
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199546305.003.0004
Subject:
History, Political History

This chapter examines the deaths and public afterlives of the Wall victims favoured by the GDR: East German border guards gunned down in the line of duty. It focuses on two fallen guards who rose to ... More


What Changes in Summer and Autumn 1989?

Mary Elise Sarotte

in 1989: The Struggle to Create Post-Cold War Europe

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
October 2017
ISBN:
9780691163710
eISBN:
9781400852307
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691163710.003.0002
Subject:
History, European Modern History

This chapter addresses why November 1989 became the moment that the models for the future were launched. By the night of November 9, five developments had permanently altered the Cold War and ... More


Destruction and Disappearance: East German Ruins

Daniela Sandler

in Counterpreservation: Architectural Decay in Berlin Since 1989

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
May 2017
ISBN:
9781501703164
eISBN:
9781501706271
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9781501703164.003.0007
Subject:
Architecture, Architectural History

This chapter tests the concept of counterpreservation against two ruins of a more recent past: structures built by the German Democratic Republic (GDR) and called into question after unification. One ... More


Remediation

Julia Sonnevend

in Stories Without Borders: The Berlin Wall and the Making of a Global Iconic Event

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
September 2016
ISBN:
9780190604301
eISBN:
9780190604349
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190604301.003.0008
Subject:
Sociology, Comparative and Historical Sociology

This chapter examines how a global iconic event travels through time, space, and media in ever-shifting social, political, and cultural settings. The chapter identifies four forms of remediation: ... More


“The Hero Is Us”: Representations of Germany since the 1960s

Brian C. Etheridge

in Enemies To Allies: Cold War Germany and American Memory

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
May 2016
ISBN:
9780813166407
eISBN:
9780813166636
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Kentucky
DOI:
10.5810/kentucky/9780813166407.003.0006
Subject:
Political Science, Conflict Politics and Policy

This chapter observes how the first two decades of the postwar period established patterns for understanding Germany and Germanness that endured for the rest of the twentieth century. As the Berlin ... More


East German Conversions to Islam after the Collapse of the Berlin Wall

Esra Özyürek

in Being German, Becoming Muslim: Race, Religion, and Conversion in the New Europe

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
October 2017
ISBN:
9780691162782
eISBN:
9781400852710
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691162782.003.0004
Subject:
Anthropology, Social and Cultural Anthropology

This chapter analyzes the conversion and life-story narratives of two East Germans who both grew up during the closed, authoritarian regime of the German Democratic Republic (GDR). When the wall ... More


Introduction

Pertti Ahonen

in Death at the Berlin Wall

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
May 2011
ISBN:
9780199546305
eISBN:
9780191725036
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199546305.003.0001
Subject:
History, Political History

The introductory chapter explains the book's main objectives, particularly its attempt to examine the history of the Berlin Wall from a comparative East–West perspective that focuses on two key ... More


Contemporary Drama in the 1960s: A Contested Space

Laura Bradley

in Cooperation and Conflict: GDR Theatre Censorship, 1961-1989

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
January 2011
ISBN:
9780199589630
eISBN:
9780191595479
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199589630.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, Drama, European Literature

Contemporary GDR drama operated in a contested space, whose parameters were continually being redefined. This chapter focuses on the two major contemporary drama controversies of the 1960s: Peter ... More


Death at the Berlin Wall

Pertti Ahonen

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
May 2011
ISBN:
9780199546305
eISBN:
9780191725036
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199546305.001.0001
Subject:
History, Political History

During its 28-year existence, the Berlin Wall was the foremost symbol of the Cold War division of Germany—and of Europe as a whole. But it was also a very concrete site of separation and suffering ... More


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