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The East German State and the Catholic Church, 1945-1989


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Preface and Acknowledgments List of Abbreviations and German Terms 1. 1945-1953: New Structures in the Postwar Era 2. 1953-1957: Conflict and Stabilization after the Uprising 3. 1957-1961: "Building Up Socialism" 4. 1961-1971: The GDR on the Path to International Recognition 5. 1972-1989: The GDR as a Sovereign State under International Law Conclusion Bibliography Index

About the Author

Bernd Schaefer is a Senior Research Scholar with the Woodrow Wilson International Center's Cold War International History Project (CWIHP) in Washington, DC. He was a Fellow at the Nobel Institute in Oslo, and a Research Fellow at the German Historical Institute in Washington, DC, and the Hannah Arendt Institute at TU Dresden, Germany. His previous publications (as co-editor) include Ostpolitik, 1969-1974: Global and European Responses (2009); Historical Justice in International Perspective (2009); and American Detente and German Ostpolitik (2004). Between 1993 and 1997, he served as secretary for the East German Catholic Church's Stasi lustration commission in Berlin.


Praise for the German Edition: This publication will spark a discussion about the role of the Catholic Church leadership in the GDR.A" * Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

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