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Article by Stefan Troebst

"Grieche ohne Heimat" - Hellenische Bürgerkriegsflüchtlinge in der DDR 1949-1989

TD: volume 2, issue 2005, 2, page 245–272

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In 1949 and 1950, 1 128 refugees from the Greek Civil War, most of them minors, came to the Soviet Zone of Occupation resp. the GDR and stayed on until the 1980s. Being neither integrated into their new German social environment nor into GDR's political system as well as having no possibility for remigration, the emigres from Greece remained a group which was carefully watched by party officials and security services. Up to the mid-1960s, the German host party suspected the "Greeks without Home" of being hardcore Stalinists whereas from the late 1960s they were accused of "importing" Eurocommunism. A wave of repression in the early 1970s was followed in 1973 by diplomatic recognition of the GDR by Athens - an unexpected development which paved the way for remigration. By the implosion of the GDR in 1989, the majority of Greeks had returned to Greece.

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