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    Racialism In The DDR

    Something I'm curious about but do not have firsthand knowledge on.
    During the DDR period of the former East Germany was German racial pride or White pride in general tolerated ?

    I know in West Germany hordes of non-Europid immigrants were welcomed by the traitor BRD government and all of the decay and multicultural nightmare set in. And German pride or Nationalism was (is) punishable by severe penalties.

    From what I know there were Vietnamese, Cubans and Angolans as "guest workers" in the DDR. Were there large numbers of non-Europids as "guest workers" in the DDR ? And if so were they given the same status as Germans ?
    Were they expelled after their work permit was expired ?
    Did most East Germans reject multiculturalism despite the communist regime ?

    I'm hoping some Skadi members who lived in the former DDR can answer these

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    There was no such thing as racialism, "white pride" or "racial pride" in East Germany.

    There was a heavy anti-NS sentiment, including claims of so-called anti-racism, but there wasn't a significant situation for a racial ideology anyways. The GDR was largely ethnically homogeneous. The most notable minority before the guest workers, the Sorbs, were somewhat integrated.

    There was an anti-foreign sentiment in the GDR, particularly anti-Western/American/Israeli, but that didn't have smth directly to do with race, rather with politics, ideology and culture. The communists considered the influence of the West and capitalism in general decadent and threatening towards the "harmony" of socialism. The "anti-Semitism" in the GDR was actually anti-Zionism, and this eventually changed, towards the latest years, when the leadership finally agreed to shake hands with Israel and pay some Holocaust compensations.

    The GDR had guest workers, but the system was somewhat different from the FRG's. The Gastarbeiter in the GDR were called Vertragsarbeiter or Vertragsarbeitnehmer (contract workers). The GDR relied on guest workers from other Warsaw Pact/communist countries. They were allegedly needed to supply the lack of work force left by the Germans that fled to the West. Some of them were Europeans, e.g. Poles or Hungarians. The non-European ones came from countries like Vietnam, North Korea, China and the like, i.e. "brother countries" which shared the communist ideology. The aim was to train them. It was part of a program of development assistance between socialist states.

    They faced some limitations as far as their stay in Germany was concerned. e.g. they were expected to return once their trainee program was over, they lived in separate housing from the native Germans and there was frowning upon romantic relationships between guest workers and native Germans. If, for example, a female guest worker became pregnant with a native German, or a male guest worker impregnated a native German, they would be deported. They didn't try to integrate, because they knew they would have to leave Germany at some point. Nevertheless, some remained in Germany. After reunification, they were paid to leave, but in contrast, new ones came as asylum seekers.

    In the GDR, the system for foreign workers in the FRG was criticized as abusive, a system of exploitation of capitalists.

    One can find the figures of guest workers in the GDR on the German Wikipedia, here.

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