Markus Goldbeck: The Ambivalence of State Funding: An Opportunity for the Reappraisal of the GDR-past or "Dangerous Dependence"?


In: Jahrbuch für Historische Kommunismusforschung 2014. Berlin: Metropol Verlag, pp. 1–16.

Addressing the past in Germany is supported by the state both in principle and financially. This produces processes in civil society, too, including the creation of conflicts of interest. This article focuses, firstly, on the role of cultural policy in Germany and, secondly, on the most important institution for financing the reappraisal of the GDR-past, the Federal Foundation for the Study of the Communist Dictatorship in Eastern Germany (Bundesstiftung zur Aufarbeitung der SED-Diktatur). Finally, it examines the specific case of Horch & Guck, a journal for the critical appraisal of GDR-history. From 2007 there was a debate on whether the journal met the quality criteria of the Federal Foundation. The paper traces these debates and, thereby, highlights the possibilities, complexity and inconsistency of state funding and the dilemmas resulting from it.

Über den Autor

Markus Goldbeck, geb. 1984, 2004–2009 Studium der Geschichte und Wirtschaftswissenschaft, seit 2010 wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter an der Universität Münster. Dissertationsprojekt zu Geschichte und Funktion der BStU im wiedervereinigten Deutschland.