Price: 450.00 euro
Beautiful in perfect condition carpet from the DDR. From 1973.
The Combat Group Of The Working Class was a paramilitairy organization from 1953-1989 known as KDA (kampfgruppen Der Arbeiterklasse), to be deployed locally to fight civil unrest or invasion. In it’s peak it contained 211.000 people in 1980.
The Combat Groups of the Working Class was formed on 1953, in response to the Uprising of 1953 in the German Democratic Republic (GDR or East Germany) which had occurred three months earlier, and was violently suppressed by the Volkspolizei. The KDA was intended to mirror the People’s Militias of the Communist Party of Czechoslovakia which played a very important part in the consolidation of party’s power in Czechoslovakia in 1948.
Membership was mainly drawn from workers from state enterprises.
The KDA carpet in a museum
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Very rare FDJ DDR carpet. In perfect condition. The carpet says:”FDJ Commitment”. And DDR-30. Probably 30 years. The FDJ was founded in 1946 and DDR in 1949 so this carpet is from 1976 or 1979. The 2 faces on the upper left are most likely Ernst Thalmann and Wilhelm Pieck.
The Free German Youth, also known as the FDJ (in German Freie Deutsche Jugend), is a youth movement in Germany. Formerly it was the official youth movement of the DDR and the Socialist Unity Party of Germany.
The organization was meant for young people, both male and female, between the ages of 14 and 25. In 1981 it had 2.3 million members. After being a member of the Thalmann Pioneers, which was for schoolchildren ages 6 to 14, East German youths would usually join the FDJ. Those who did not join lost access to organized holidays, and found it difficult to be admitted to universities, pursue chosen careers etc. The majority of youths who refused to join did so for religious reasons.
While the movement was intended to promote Marxist–Leninist ideology among East Germany’s young people, it also arranged thousands of holidays for young people through its Jugendtourist agency, and ran discos and open air rock concerts.
FDJ with DDR flags in parade
DDR and USSR flags in parade
FDJ carrying North Korean flags
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Very rare DDR carpet with Ernst Thalmann on it. The carpet is in perfect condition. Totally original. Very well made.
Ernst Thalmann (1886-1944) was a German communist politician. He was leader of the Communist Party of Germany (KPD) from 1925 to 1933. A committed Stalinist, Thalmann played a major role in the political instability of the Weimar Republic in its final years, when the KPD explicitly sought the overthrow of the liberal democracy of the republic. Under his leadership the KPD became intimately associated with the government of the Soviet Union and the policies of Joseph Stalin, and from 1928 the party was largely controlled and funded by Stalin’s government.
The KPD under Thalmann’s leadership regarded the Social Democratic Party (SPD) as Social fascists. Thalmann viewed the Nazi Party as a lesser evil than the social democrats, and in 1931 his party cooperated with the Nazis in an attempt to bring down the social democrat state government. Thalmann believed that a Nazi dictatorship would fail due to flawed economic policies and lead to a revolutionary situation in which the communist party gained power.
Thalmann was also leader of the paramilitary Roter Frontkampferbund, which was banned as extremist by the governing social democrats in 1929, and in 1932 he established Antifaschistische Aktion or Antifa, which concentrated its attacks on the social democrats. He was arrested by the Gestapo in 1933 and held in solitary confinement for eleven years; Stalin did not seek his release when he entered into the Molotov–Ribbentrop Pact with Germany, and Thalmann’s party rival Walter Ulbricht ignored requests to plead on his behalf. Many of Thalmann’s closest associates who had emigrated to the Soviet Union were executed during the Great Purge of the 1930s. Thalmann was shot in Buchenwald on Adolf Hitler’s personal orders in 1944.
In the First World War he was posted to the artillery on the western front, where he stayed till the end of the war, during the course of which he was wounded twice. He said that he fought in the following battles: Battle of Champagne (1915–1916), Battle of the Somme (1916), Second battle of the Aisne, Battle of Soissons, Battle of Cambrai (1917) (1917) and Battle of Arras (1917).
Ernst Thalmann at a rally
Ernst Thalmann monument in Berlin
Ernst Thalmann speeching.
In 1972 Fidel Castro gave one of Cuba’s 4000 island to the DDR naming it Ernst Thalmann Island.