Research project into Communist GDR

German historians are launching a four-year research project in order to investigate the former Communist German Democratic Republic.

Research project into Communist GDR
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Erfurt, Germany (dpa) – Historians from Germany are set to launch a four-year research project into perceptions of the former Communist German Democratic Republic (GDR) with the help of 4 million euros in government funding.

The research, which will be conducted by the universities of Jena and Erfurt, will include interviews with families about their experiences in the GDR, as well as gathering information about surveillance, resistance and the marginalization of Catholics.

The research team will also look into how GDR history is taught in school curricula across Germany.

"Still today there is a discrepancy between the prevailing GDR image in the public debate and what was experienced," historian Joerg Ganzenmueller told dpa. "We want to unite [these narratives] now."