Society for German–Soviet Friendship

The Society for German–Soviet Friendship (in German, Gesellschaft für Deutsch-Sowjetische Freundschaft/DSF) was an East German organization set up to encourage closer co-operation between the German Democratic Republic and the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics.

Society for German-Soviet Friendship
Gesellschaft für Deutsch-Sowjetische Freundschaft
DSF logo DDR.png
AbbreviationDSF
PredecessorSociety for the Studies of Soviet Culture
HeadquartersEast Berlin, German Democratic Republic
Membership (1988)
6.3 million
An East German postal stamp celebrating the 20th anniversary of the organization's founding
Flag of Society for German–Soviet Friendship

It was founded from the Society for the Studies of Soviet Culture to teach about Russian culture to Germans unfamiliar with it. It quickly turned into a propaganda tool and eventually changed its name.

Due to the immense popularity of Mikhail Gorbachev with ordinary East Germans disillusioned with their own hardline Communist leaders, the DSF's membership grew massively in the last years of the regime which many interpret as a sign of support of Gorbachev's glasnost and perestroika by the East German people.[citation needed] In 1989 there were 6.3 million members.[1]

Following the disbanding of the German Democratic Republic, the organization was dissolved.

The name of the German band Deutsch Amerikanische Freundschaft, which means German-American Friendship, is a play on the name of the DSF.[citation needed]

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

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