East Germany after WW2 how did they convert followers of previous regime?

Dec 2017
Regnum Teutonicum
...So after the war did the newly installed communists under Stalin have difficulty converting the population to a system of government they viewed as anathema to them?..
Of course they had difficulties converting the population, otherwise the Germans would not have been the first people to rise up against the Sovjets and their local puppets. With the Uprising of June, 17th started by the workers, the population essentially took control of the GDR, the communist government fled into the soviet barracks, etc. and they demanded reunification. As an example the demands the people of the county of Bitterfeld sent to the government:
1. Resignation of the so-called German Democratic Government, which made itself come into power by election maneuvers
2. Formation of a provisional government by progressive working people
3. Permission of all big parties of West Germany
4. Free, secret and direct elections in 4 month time
5. Release of all political prisoners (straightforward political, so-called economic criminals and denominational prisoners)
6. Immediate abolition of the Zone Frontier and the withdrawal of the police
7. Immediate normalization of the standard of living
8. Immediate abolishment of the so-called Peoples Army
9. No reprisals against someone on strike

If the Soviets had not sent in tanks and crushed the uprising, that would have been the end of the german divison. After this event the east german government never trusted its population again. As Bertolt Brecht put it:
"The Secretary of the Writers Union
Had flyers distributed in Stalin Way that said
That the People had frivolously
Thrown away the Government's Confidence
And that they could only regain it
Through Redoubled Work. But wouldn't it be
Simpler if the Government
Simply dissolved the People
And elected another?"

and the population rose up again in the moment it became clear that it wasn't a 100% chance any more that soviet tanks would come and ended the existence of the GDR.
Here is a video where you can see how the strikers pull down and maul the soviet flag from the Brandenburg Gate:


Ad Honorem
Nov 2010
Not withstanding the Molotov–Ribbentrop Pact the
sworn enemies of the nazi regime were the communists. So after the war did the newly installed communists under Stalin have difficulty converting the population to a system of government they viewed as anathema to them? Communists in Germany would be in the minority operating secretly and in fear of the gestapo.
It's called brute force


Ad Honorem
Jan 2017
considering what they stood for , Stalin showed a remarkable amount of restraint
I've always considered the law of the Lex Talionis as pretty moderate
it doesn't account for interests
Sep 2019
Yes i understand you were not making a reply to mr. Otto1, but talking in general about the issue. Collectivization of guilt is form of barbarity anyway. I am not talking about questions such as reparations from one state to another here.
Aug 2017
Cape Town
To the average German on the street, one totalitarian party was little different from the other. It would have been more difficult transitioning from a democracy to Communism, but the Germans didn't have that problem.
Wut ? The Weimar Republic was the most progressive country at the time. Descent into Nazidom was a result of the failure of the entire political class, like we are witnessening in Britain and the USA right now.
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