In: Jahrbuch für Historische Kommunismusforschung 2010. Berlin: Aufbau Verlag, pp. 49–66
Between 1949 and 1989, the leadership of the SED practiced intra-German policies, which it called “Westarbeit” or “work in the West”. This was an assignment that played itself out at the official government and public propagandistic level. In addition, there was a secret or secret service track. The SED interceded directly with the political parties and organizations in Germany such as the KPD, the DKP, or FDJ which acted on behalf of the communist cause. Managing so-called friendly bourgeois allies in the Federal Republic of Germany was part of a planned covert influence. The present article deals with this topic. Those “allies“ included the Bund der Deutschen (BdD/The German Union) founded in May 1953, the Deutsche Friedensunion (DFU/The German Peace Union) founded in December 1960, and Komitee für Frieden [The Peace Committee">, Abrüstung und Zusammenarbeit(KOFAZ/Disarmament and Cooperation) which has been active since December 1974. With the help of these three organizations which had been in existence for quite some time, the SED tried to influence directly public opinion and the political parties, and organizations of the Federal Republic of Germany, West German politicians, party and union leaders, journalists, scientists and other prominent persons in the public eye.