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Secular Rituals And Political Commemorations In Eastern Germany, 1945-1956

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This chapter traces the main aspects of the secularization process, as carried out in the public rituals and political commemoration in the first post-war decade in East Germany. It provides an overview of the context in which these forms of ideological activity evolved after 1945, and explores their relevance to the particular configuration of religion and the secular in post-war East Germany. It focuses on the political and social circumstances in the first decade after 1945 and the role of commemorations in establishing ideological legitimacy; the changes in the system of education and the use of public rituals as tools to indoctrinate the youth; the antireligious and atheist propaganda and the ideological policies for introducing secular rituals in the public and private spheres; and, lastly, the relationship of commemorative activities to major points in the postwar interpretations of history.

Keywords: east Germany; German Democratic Republic (GDR); political commemoration; public rituals; religion; secular rituals; secularization process



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