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Abstract: „As an analysis of the details of literary production in the GDR, this article
focuses on how censorship and programmed reception influenced the context of lite-
rature produced there and thereby informed our understanding of GDRliteraryhistory. The production
potential critics of the Party are bound to
the regime by a meta-ideology which is difficult to escape, and in which
those who would represent “intellect” are offered positions in the structures
of “power,” including roles as informers for the State Security Service.
Censorship and Repression
The interest in censorship and repression of literature and writers in the
GDR is highlighted by the large number of documentations dedicated to
particular points of crisis, often described as turning points in GDRliteraryhistory, or the censorship of specific texts. Such
personnel, Heym ascribes to the publication of the text a level
of importance in GDRliteraryhistory similar to that seen in Hermann
Kant’s autobiography when Kant states that Ulbricht himself was to blame
for the ban on Das Impressum. Moreover, the placing of the decision to
publish or censor into the hands of one man, effectively representing an
73 See also Heym’s memorandum on this meeting dated 26 July 1973, BStU MfS AOP
25507/91 3, Bl. 120–28 (Bl. 124). Honecker later referred to his decision to allow the
publication of Heym’s works as evidence of his