Opposition and Resistance in the GDR

Historian article

By Dominik Geppert, published 1st March 2002

A journalistic coup broke over Germany on 2 January 1978. The West German news magazine, Der Spiegel, published the first part of a longer piece in which an association calling itself the ‘Alliance of German Democratic Communists’ seriously criticized the policies of the East German Communist Party, the SED, and its Secretary-General, Erich Honecker. The paper called for reforms in the GDR, and for the reunification of Germany.

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