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The Death of the KPDCommunism and Anti-Communism in West Germany, 1945-1956$
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Patrick Major

Print publication date: 1998

Print ISBN-13: 9780198206934

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198206934.001.0001

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Conclusion Germany's Cold Civil War

Conclusion Germany's Cold Civil War

(p.293) (p.294) Conclusion Germany's Cold Civil War
The Death of the KPD

Patrick Major

Oxford University Press

This concluding chapter sums up the key findings of this study on the history of the Kommunistische Partei Deutschlands (KPD) in West Germany. After 1945, the KPD history was a catalogue of failures. However, the KPD did not disintegrate nor break ties with Moscow, and in 1989 the West German Communists in Dusseldorf resisted the blandishments of the renewers for even longer than their comrades in East Berlin. This chapter also suggests that if anybody can be regarded as the director of the KPD's actions, it must be East German leader Walter Ulbricht.

Keywords:   Kommunistische Partei Deutschlands, West Germany, Dusseldorf, Walter Ulbricht, Moscow

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