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From Hitler to Ulbricht: The Communist Reconstruction of East Germany, 1945-46
From Hitler to Ulbricht: The Communist Reconstruction of East Germany, 1945-46
By Gregory W. Sandford
Princeton University Press, 1983, 313 pp.

A solid monograph describing the "popular front" tactics of the U.S.S.R. and the Communist Party of Germany during the war and in the first year of occupation. Their aim was "democratization": in the realm of hope, for all of Germany; in actuality, for the Soviet zone. Although the author may overemphasize the ideological rationale, he is clear in recognizing the ultimate aim as control.