Cultural Association of the GDR

The Cultural Association of the GDR (German: Kulturbund der DDR, KB) was a federation of local clubs in the German Democratic Republic (GDR). It formed part of the Socialist Unity Party-led National Front, and sent representatives to the Volkskammer. The association had numerous writers as its member, including Willi Bredel, Fritz Erpenbeck, Bernhard Kellermann, Victor Klemperer, Anna Seghers, Bodo Uhse, Arnold Zweig. Its first chairman was Johannes Robert Becher.

Cultural Association of the GDR
Kulturbund der DDR
Formation8 August 1945
HeadquartersEast Berlin
Membership (1987)
Johannes Robert Becher (1949–1958)
Max Burghardt (1958–1977)
Hans Pischner (1977–1990)
Celebration of the association's first birthday in 1946. Prominent in the front row are the painter Max Pechstein (left) and Berlin's first post-war mayor, Arthur Werner (right).

Wilfried Maaß was the Secretary of Kulturbund 1984–1990.[1] As of 1987, membership stood at 273,000.[2]

Chairmen of the Cultural Association of the GDREdit

Name Entered Office Left Office
Johannes Robert Becher 1949 1958
Max Burghardt 1958 1977
Hans Pischner 1977 1990


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  2. ^ Dirk Jurich, Staatssozialismus und gesellschaftliche Differenzierung: eine empirische Studie, p.32. LIT Verlag Münster, 2006, ISBN 3825898938