West-Emigranten

German Communists between US Exile and GDR
Ende des Projektes: January 2019

Completed Book project

This book examines the traces of German communist refugees in the USA who returned to the GDR after the end of the Nazi regime. It describes both their experiences of exile in the capitalist society of the USA and their living conditions in East Germany after 1945. Of interest are not only registered KPD members, but also communists without party membership such as Bertolt Brecht, Hanns Eisler, Ernst Bloch or Stefan Heym. At the political level, the primary question is which ideas for post-war Germany were developed by German communist emigrants. On an intellectual-historical level, the author is particularly interested in the relationship of the individuals vis-à-vis the Communist Party. On a cultural-historical level, the “cultural luggage” that the returnees brought back from the USA is discussed.

 

Prof. Dr. Mario Keßler

Leibniz Centre for Contemporary History
Am Neuen Markt 1
14467 Potsdam

Office: Am Neuen Markt 9d, room 1.24
Phone: 0331/74510-115
Fax: 0331/74510-143

Email: mariokessler [at] yahoo.com

Forschung

West-Emigranten

German Communists between US Exile and GDR
Ende des Projektes: January 2019

Completed Book project

This book examines the traces of German communist refugees in the USA who returned to the GDR after the end of the Nazi regime. It describes both their experiences of exile in the capitalist society of the USA and their living conditions in East Germany after 1945. Of interest are not only registered KPD members, but also communists without party membership such as Bertolt Brecht, Hanns Eisler, Ernst Bloch or Stefan Heym. At the political level, the primary question is which ideas for post-war Germany were developed by German communist emigrants. On an intellectual-historical level, the author is particularly interested in the relationship of the individuals vis-à-vis the Communist Party. On a cultural-historical level, the “cultural luggage” that the returnees brought back from the USA is discussed.

 

Prof. Dr. Mario Keßler

Leibniz Centre for Contemporary History
Am Neuen Markt 1
14467 Potsdam

Office: Am Neuen Markt 9d, room 1.24
Phone: 0331/74510-115
Fax: 0331/74510-143

Email: mariokessler [at] yahoo.com

Forschung