In: Jahrbuch für Historische Kommunismusforschung 2012. Berlin: Aufbau Verlag, pp. 171-186.
In 1961 the comedy by Heiner Müller Die Umsiedlerin provoked one of the great scandals in the cultural and educational policy in the GDR. It was condemned as being a counter-revolutionary and anti-humanist play. For the first time the drama is analyzed in the context of the discourse about the ‘new man’; it does so because during the Fifties und early Sixties the leadership of the state and the socialist party persistently demanded from the authors that they create the new, socialist man in their works. But the characters of Müller’s comedy do not concur with the image of a socialist personality and, as a result, the drama counteracts the idea and the educational optimism of these years. Especially the allusions the play makes to the Christian image of man allow this sceptical interpretation of the drama.