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  • Mass organisation Aim: to reach the parts the party couldn't reach)
    • 1952: Sport and Technology Association (GST)
      • Activities
        • Organised summer camps and for "Young Patriots"
          • Large numbers of school children attended
          • Paramilitary education lessons
          • Sailing, paragliding, driving lessons, learning how to operate amateur radios
      • Membership
        • 4/5ths in a survey were only members because it was fun
          • Gained personal enjoyment from facilities withought buying into socialist view
        • Aims
          • Paramilitary organisation
          • training ground for next generation GDR soldiers
        • 77% desired atheists, nearly a quarter religious :(
    • The League of Culture (KB)
      • Membership
        • 1,500,000 members by 1988
        • Targeted at intellectuals
      • Activities
        • Some groups apolitical (sort out neighborhood disputes)
        • Leisure persuits
          • Astronomy
          • Allotment gardening
          • Small-animal breeding
          • Sailing
        • Discussion and philosophical circles
    • German Sport and Gymnastic Union (DTSB)
      • Membership
        • Subdivided groups
        • 3.7 million members
        • Original intention= Boost mass and children youth sport + promote top level sport
      • Activities
        • "Join in stay fit" campaigne
        • Assisted with the construction of paths and organised walks
        • 35 separate sports federations, athletics, football... all under DTSB wing
    • Free Trade Union Federation (FDGB)
      • Activities
        • State-run Organisation
        • Representing "true" interests of workers
        • Took complaints
          • Working conditiongs
          • Management
          • Health and Safety
      • Membership
        • Over 9 MILLION members
        • Perks
          • Organisation became taken for granted
          • Regular holidays within GDR
    • Democratic German Womens League (DFD)
      • Activities
        • Efforts for women to set sights higher
          • Work towards taking up leadership and authoritative positions
        • evenings in discussions of womanly matters
          • Primary focus remained in the domestic sphere
      • Membership
        • Women notoriously apolitical + hard to contain in any of the traditional communist organisations
        • Aimed to try to reach out to women and translate the SED's message into more accessible terms
        • Housewives apparently unwilling to attend because they were afraid they would have to take on a functionary role"
    • The Society for German-Soviet Friendship (DSF)
      • Membership
        • 2nd largest mass organisation after the FDGB (5,500,00 members)
        • Bring love of soviet culture to the Germans
      • Activities
        • Learning Russian Language
        • Cultural activities
        • Exploration and expression of cultural interests
        • Films

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