Socialism in the German Democratic Republic: Christmas

Sources:

Drab City Brightens : Marx Yields to Christmas in East Berlin

Christmas in East Berlin: The Iron Curtain is no barrier for St. Nick

A typical East German Christmas Eve – from a child’s perspective

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  1. “But gifts are not the most important thing about Christmas anyway. Since we can no longer celebrate Christmas as generously and wastefully as in the past, perhaps we will remember even more its spiritual nature. Instead of giving outward gifts to our family, friends, and community, today we will express our love to one another and our faith in all that holds us together. We long for a golden bridge to extend to all those whom we love across the distant reaches, countries, oceans, and continents.”

    Christmas, 1941 – by Joseph Goebbels
    https://research.calvin.edu/german-propaganda-archive/goeb34.htm

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  2. As promised …

    **“DEMOCRACY**: it is controlled by capitalist [Oligarch] ownership and control of the media, grants from tax-free foundations and favoured press coverage for favoured political candidates. Wide franchise to vote is given to the people to make them easier to control by making them think that “the people” are responsible for the inevitable distortions and negative consequences of the policies the super-rich mattoids impose in order to serve their selfish interests. Democracy separates authority from responsibility, this making it virtually impossible for the voters to reform the system. Those in authority (the mattoids) have no responsibility. Those responsible (the politicians) have no authority except that which is lent to them by their controllers.“

    Source:
    W. A. Carto. May 20, 2003 in “Populism vs Plutocracy: The Universal Struggle” and cited in ”Publisher’s Note” in “The Third Rome: Holy Russia, Tsarism and Orthodoxy” by Matthew Raphael Johnson (first published 2003 – Third Edition 2010)

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