Industrial developments in the GDR

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First Five Year Plan (1951-55)


Party congress of 1950 recognised need for industrial reform.

75% of industry nationalised

Very high targets.

Lignite- missed targets by 40000.


Many moved to the west.

Lack of consumer goods.


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Second Five Year Plan (1956-59)

Increase in consumer goods

Private enterprise only owned 9% of overall industry.

Abandoned in 1959- Seven year Plan

More like USSR.

GDR would surpass FRG- over optimistic.

Wanted to increase worker productivity by 85%.

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Opposition to socialist economics

General dissatisfaction

1953- Church raised concerns about socil unrest

Taxation rose

Lack of consumer goods.

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