[lbo-talk] Former NSDAP members in the GDR

Chris Doss lookoverhere1 at yahoo.com
Mon May 7 10:41:05 PDT 2007

A while ago there was a short thread on denazification in West and East Germany and someone (Robert I think it was) wanted to know about numbers of former Nazis holding positions in the GDR.

The current issue of Ogonyok has an article (Russophones can read it here: http://www.ogoniok.com/inside/events/2007/fe20f1b1-58ce-7c62-f8ba-6d3beda0024d/ ) on extreme right politics in East Germany.

According to this article, in the beginning of the 1950s there were 20,000 former NSDAP members in the GDR working as teachers in elementary and middle schools. In the middle of the 1950s, there were about 150,000 former NSDAP members in the SEPG (I don't know what this was, I'm guessing by context that it is the Russian transliteration of the German name of whatever the GDR Communist Party was called).

The prominent example mentioned by name is somebody named Ernst Grosmann, who became a member of the Politburo of the Central Committee of the SEPG and was named a Hero of Labor of the GDR. In 1938 he entered the NSDAP (no. 6855320) and served from the beginning of 1940 in the Sachsenhausen concentration camp with the rank of Unterscharfuehrer of the Death's Head SS.

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