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This front matter section of the book Training Socialist Citizens: Sports and the State in East Germany contains the Table of Contents, the Acknowledgments, and a short list of abbreviations that occur in the book. The astonishing achievements of athletes from the German Democratic Republic (GDR), or "East Germany", in the Olympic Games and other international athletic competitions were arguably the former state's biggest success stories. East Germany's Olympic success is also inextricably tied to what stands for many as the most prominent example - alongside the Berlin Wall and the Stasi of the abusive nature of the East German dictatorship: the "doping" of athletes, many of them young and unsuspecting, which helped produce these stunning medal counts. To this day, both East Germany's Olympic successes and its doping scandals command the interest of the media, the sports world, and the general public.

Keywords: East Germany; Olympic Games; socialist citizens

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