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By Sheldon Anderson

In a chilly battle within the Soviet Bloc, Sheldon Anderson makes use of lately declassified records from Polish and East German communist occasion and international ministry files to check the interaction of nationwide pursuits with the exigencies of communist occasion relatives in the Soviet bloc in the course of the chilly struggle. Anderson explores how Polish-East German kinfolk have been strained over the permanence of the Oder-Neisse border, the right kind highway to socialism, German repatriation from Poland, and exchange coverage; he offers an inside of account of the heated debates that heavily divided the Polish and East German communists.Anderson delves into how and why the rift culminated within the go back of the anti-Stalinist Wladyslaw Gomulka in October 1956, and he delineates how the Polish-East German clash undermined the solidarity of the Soviet bloc on its so much strategic flank. In doing so, he unearths the endurance of nationalism and ethnic prejudice within the former communist nations. during this well timed textual content, Anderson pinpoints how nationalism has reemerged as a robust political strength following the top of the chilly conflict. With a chilly conflict within the Soviet Bloc, Anderson markedly fills the space within the present scholarship on postwar kin among the nations of East Europe.

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See Tvbfina Ludzt and Rieues Deztksctzlnnd for the first week of September, 1949. ~tnnrdno lorlger wants to be a soccer k EI tt~afis kicked a r o u f ~ d f i aplace f ~ ~ fo place. Gomrslkn, 19&* The primary obstacle to better relations between the Polish and German communists after World War 11 was the loss sf German territories to Poland. 'The equivocation of the KPT), the SPD, and the SED on recognizing the permanence oi the Oder-Neisse border undermined Polish confidence in the German Left.

4 to Prtstcxol No. 82 of the meeting of the Central Secretariat, June 7,1948, SED ZK, IV 2/21 1205. 65. In March 1958, its name was changed to the Deutsch-polnjscfie Geselfschaft fiir Frieden und gute Nachbarxhaft (German-Pc>lishSclciety for Peace and Gocd Neighborl iness). 61;. C1os Ludu, Sptember 23,1948, p. 1; and Gtos Lildzc, October IQ, 4948, p. 3. , June 26, 1948, SED ZK, microfilm FBS 339143487. 68. ape in flze Cold War, 1943-53 (New 'There Are No Guc7d Germalzs'" 29 York: St. Martin" Press, 1996)' p.

Polish Military Mission Repc~l"c,May 2,1946, MSZ, 6/671/42. 43. Erwin Weit, Clstbluck irztenz: 13 jnhre Dotmetsclrcrfiir die polnisctzc Pnrfei- iind StnnfsfiiFznltrg (East bloc intern: 13 Years as interpreter for the Polish Party and State leadership) (Hamburg: Hoffmann und Campe Vertag, 19";78), pp. 225-226. According i-o Weit, who was Gomuzka" interpreter in 1950s and 19Ms, these farmer Nazis were even more loyal to Utbricht because he could use their past to incriminate them. 44. ;in Easter~zEzrrope, 1944-1 949 (Boulider: Weshriew Press, 2997), p.

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