Stemming the Tide

East Germany's Struggle to Retain its Citizens throughout the Ulbricht Regime

Authors

  • Kenneth Tallant

Abstract

Stemming the Tide: East Germany's Struggle to Retain its Citizens throughout the Ulbricht Regime” deals with the mass exodus from East Germany to West Germany after the end of WWII and the subsequent occupation of the area by Soviet forces, as well as the following decades under the administration of Walter Ulbricht. The paper discusses key factors that led to the extensive unhappiness of the citizens of the East and their desire to flee to the West. Of equal importance is the state’s response methods to said migration. These responses, led by Walter Ulbricht, more often served as further motivation to leave, rather than as a means of migration deterrence. The conclusion of the research indicates that although the Soviet mandated policies brought about some consternation early on, the majority of the unrest in the population was the result of the leadership of Walter Ulbricht, the head of the governing Communist party of East Germany.

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Published

2021-08-31