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Society for German–Soviet Friendship

The Society for German–Soviet Friendship (in German, Gesellschaft für Deutsch-Sowjetische Freundschaft/DSF) was an East German organization set up to encourage closer co-operation between the German Democratic Republic and the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics.

Society for German-Soviet Friendship
Gesellschaft für Deutsch-Sowjetische Freundschaft
Berlin headquarters of the DSF's Central Board in 1952
AbbreviationDSF
PredecessorSociety for the Studies of Soviet Culture
HeadquartersEast Berlin, German Democratic Republic
Membership(1988)
6.3 million
1972 East German postal stamp celebrating the 20th anniversary of the organization's founding

It was founded from the Society for the Studies of Soviet Culture to teach about Russian culture to Germans unfamiliar with it. It quickly turned into a propaganda tool and eventually changed its name.

Due to the immense popularity of Mikhail Gorbachev with ordinary East Germans disillusioned with their own hardline Communist leaders, the DSF's membership grew massively in the last years of the regime which many interpret as a sign of support of Gorbachev's glasnost and perestroika by the East German people.[citation needed] In 1989 there were 6.3 million members.

Following the disbanding of the German Democratic Republic, the organization was dissolved.

The name of the German band Deutsch Amerikanische Freundschaft, which means German-American Friendship, is a play on the name of the DSF.[citation needed]

  1. Dirk Jurich, Staatssozialismus und gesellschaftliche Differenzierung: eine empirische Studie, p.32. LIT Verlag Münster, 2006, ISBN 3825898938

Society for German–Soviet Friendship
Society for German Soviet Friendship Language Watch Edit 160 160 Redirected from Society for German Soviet Friendship The Society for German Soviet Friendship in German Gesellschaft fur Deutsch Sowjetische Freundschaft DSF was an East German organization set up to encourage closer co operation between the German Democratic Republic and the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics Society for German Soviet FriendshipGesellschaft fur Deutsch Sowjetische FreundschaftBerlin headquarters of the DSF s Central Board in 1952AbbreviationDSFPredecessorSociety for the Studies of Soviet CultureHeadquartersEast Berlin German Democratic RepublicMembership 1988 6 3 million1972 East German postal stamp celebrating the 20th anniversary of the organization s founding It was founded from the Society for the Studies of Soviet Culture to teach about Russian culture to Germans unfamiliar with it It quickly turned into a propaganda tool and eventually changed its name Due to the immense popularity of Mikhail Gorbachev with ordinary East Germans disillusioned with their own hardline Communist leaders the DSF s membership grew massively in the last years of the regime which many interpret as a sign of support of Gorbachev s glasnost and perestroika by the East German people citation needed In 1989 there were 6 3 million members 1 Following the disbanding of the German Democratic Republic the organization was dissolved The name of the German band Deutsch Amerikanische Freundschaft which means German American Friendship is a play on the name of the DSF citation needed Notes Edit Dirk Jurich Staatssozialismus und gesellschaftliche Differenzierung eine empirische Studie p 32 LIT Verlag Munster 2006 ISBN 3825898938Literature EditMatthias Klingenberg Culture as vehicle the history of the German Soviet Friendship Society 1947 1953 Heidelberg 2001 This article about an organisation based in Germany is a stub You can help Wikipedia by expanding it vte Retrieved from https en wikipedia org w index php title Society for German Soviet Friendship amp oldid 1004066640, wikipedia, wiki, book,

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