Paul Merker, Politburo member of the Communist Party of Germany (KPD) and the Socialist Unity Party (SED) was the highest-ranking East German Communist politician to fell victim of the Stalinist repression in the 1950s in the GDR. Paradoxically, Merker, a non-Jew, was targeted as a scapegoat in a so-called anti-Zionist campaign that was essentially part of Stalin's anti-Semitic policies. The planned book attempts to present the first full-scale political biography of Paul Merker.
Prof. Dr. Mario Keßler
Leibniz Centre for Contemporary History
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