By Dirk Spilker
This is often the main distinctive and up to date examine of the department of Germany after the second one international conflict. Drawing on a wealth of unpublished files, Dirk Spilker unearths the political realities of the location in post-war Germany, and reassesses the motivations and activities of the Western Allies and the Soviet bloc as they manoeuvred to accomplish their ends.
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By Ju¨rgen Fro¨lich (Cologne, 1994), 25–45. , 47–72. 93 This was to be achieved by means of the AntiFascist Bloc, an embryonic legislative assembly in the popular-front mould which, operating as it did under a unanimity rule, ensured that no decisions could be taken against the KPD. Since none of the other parties dared to oppose the KPD for fear of being denounced as fascist, the Anti-Fascist Bloc effectively harnessed all parties to the communist transformation programme, thereby laying the groundwork for a communist-led German government based in Berlin.
63 ‘ ‘‘Probleme des Kampfes fu ¨ r ein neues Deutschland’’—Handschriftliche Disposition Wilhelm Piecks’, ‘Nach Hitler’, 371. 64 Robert H. McNeil, Stalin: Man and Ruler (London, 1988), 250–1. The German Communists and the Birth of the SED 31 Soviet- and Western-occupied Germany might eventually drift apart. 67 Outlining his views on the German Question, Stalin explained that a ‘plan for German dismemberment’, providing for a ‘division into North and South Germany’ (‘Rhineland—Bavaria with Austria’), had been proposed by Britain and the United States.
69 Far from favouring such a solution, Stalin was evidently convinced that it would be both advantageous and feasible to establish a uniﬁed German state. 70 65 ‘Beratung am 4. 6. 1945’, SAPMO-BArch, ZPA, NY 4036/629. Manfred Wilke, ‘ ‘‘Es wird zwei Deutschlands geben’’ ’, 6. ‘Beratung am 4. 6. 1945’, SAPMO-BArch, ZPA, NY 4036/629. 68 Teheran—Jalta—Potsdam: Die sowjetischen Protokolle von den Kriegskonferenzen der ‘Großen Drei’, ed. by Alexander Fischer (Cologne, 1968), 84–6. 69 ‘Beratung am 4. 6.
The East German Leadership and the Division of Germany: Patriotism and Propaganda 1945-1953 (Oxford Historical Monagraphs) by Dirk Spilker