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Christian Democratic Union (East Germany)
The CDU was primarily made up of middle class Christians, that officially embraced socialism after its Sixth Party Congress in 1952, declaring that socialist society affords the best opportunities for Christians to practise their religion, a curious contradition to Karl Marx's thoughts on religion.
It should be noted, however, that the dominance of the SED was a major factor in the CDU's sudden embrace of socialism; by the early 1950s, the CDU was effectively an arm of the SED designed to appeal to Christians.
In 1950s the leader of the CDU was Otto Nuschke, a former member of German Democratic Party during the Weimar Republic. He was a close ally of the Communists. In 1966 Gerald Goetting was elected as Chairman. Before that he was the party's General Secretary. Like Nuschke, Goetting was a loyal ally of the Communists.
Goetting remained Chairman untill 2 November 1989, when he was replaced. In December 1989 Lothar de Maizière, a lawyer and deputy chairman of the Evangelical Church Synod of East Germany, was elected chairman. From that point the party renounced socialism.
|Wolfgang Heyl||1989 (acting)|
|Lothar de Maizière||1989-1990|
East German CDU Politicians
- Ernst Lemmer (co-chairman of the CDU in 1947)
- Heinrich Toeplitz (Supreme Court of the GDR)
- Luitpold Steidle (Minister of Health Care)
- Karl Grobbel (Co-founder of the Berlin Conference of European Catholic's)
- Emil Fuchs (Theologican)
- Herbert Schirmer (Minister of Culture 1990)
- Heinz Winkler (Minister of Reconstruction)
- Hubertus Guske (General Secretary of the Berlin Conference of European Catholics)
- Max Sefrin (Deputy Prime Minister)
- Sabine Bergmann-Pohl (Last Chief of State of the GDR)
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