Friday, July 10, 2009

Alternet: majority of East Germans nostalgic for old regime

Recent alternet story gives survey results and stories of East Germans' preferring the old "DDR" or German Democratic Republic, to the new unified Germany.
"Homesick For Dictatorship: East Germans Liked It Better Under Communism," Julia Bonstein in alternet, July 10, 2009
Today, 20 years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, 57 percent, or an absolute majority, of eastern Germans defend the former East Germany. "The GDR had more good sides than bad sides. There were some problems, but life was good there," say 49 percent of those polled. Eight percent of eastern Germans flatly oppose all criticism of their former home and agree with the statement: "The GDR had, for the most part, good sides. Life there was happier and better than in reunified Germany today."

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